I Don’t Need a Fitness Watch
I was out running recently, and a woman ran up to me and wanted to chat. I don’t like chatting with people when I’m obviously working out, but I’m a slow runner, so I had to listen.
“You should get a fitness watch!” she said, only she used the brand name. And she said this three times. She was convinced that I needed to stop what I was doing and buy one immediately. Maybe she worked for the company, a living ad. I’ll never know for sure.
I’m actively working to be more fit, so a fitness watch would make sense. I do use computers and a cell phones, so why not get some wearable tech? After all, who doesn’t want cool new stuff? But so far, I haven’t had the urge.
I’m a minimalist, trying to actively decrease the amount of stuff I own. Just buying some active clothing was an ordeal.
Besides, I don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on the latest gadget. My cell phone tracks my activity just fine. As far as I’m concerned, daily events like sleeping can go un-tracked. I made it this far without creating a spreadsheet of wake/sleep times. And I can take my pulse myself for free.
But cost is just one concern I have. A lot of fitness watches aren’t expensive, but how long do they last?
Buying and then discarding gadgets creates a lot of waste. Waste when they’re manufactured, and ultimately, waste when they’re tossed. Are these items built to last decades? No way. Most of them have already been relegated to the bottom of junk drawers, or to landfills. No thank you.
Over the past few years, I’ve seen many people buy wearable tech, show it off for awhile, and then stop wearing it. Maybe the band wore out, or they got tired of charging it. I don’t need another item in my life that requires constant maintenance.
Yet advertising tries to make people anxious if they don’t have the latest and greatest stuff. I don’t run out and buy a new phone every year. Instead, I tend to replace it every 3–4 years, or when it can’t keep up with what I need it to do.
Recently, someone pointed out that my car is getting old. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles new cars come with, either. So what? This spring I did the routine maintenance, washed and vacuumed it, and it looks like new.
But having a ten-year-old car, even one that’s been impeccably maintained, is not a status symbol. Because that’s what a lot of purchases are: a status symbol. Forget paying down debt; you need to look trendy.
Instead of trying to please other people, I try to only buy what I need. I won’t rule out buying wearable tech in the future (preferably used), but I don’t need it now. So I don’t have one— and I still feel just as fit.