Wearable Technology: The Myth of One Size

Wearable technology isn’t really new (I’m not talking about my insulin pump either!). People have been running around with Bluetooth things in their ears appearing to talk to themselves for years now. But wearable tech took another great leap recently with things like smartwatches, fitness trackers and Google Glass.

The Pebble Smart Watch is not pebble size!

In general there are one, maybe two, sizes of each piece of wearable technology. Being married to Brad, I get to try out a a lot of fun tech and I’ve found that wearable technology is anything but one-size-fits all. More like one-size-fits-guys. Or maybe it’s just one-size-doesn’t fit me!

For my birthday, Brad got me a Fit Bit Flex and had to promptly return it and get me a Fit Bit One instead. He did his research and found online that the wristbands for the Flex model will fit “really tiny wrists.” We aren’t sure what the definition of “really tiny” is since it did not fit my wrist.  (I once had a watch sized and the jeweler sizing it had to come meet me to make sure he was sizing the watch for an adult and not a child.) The Fit Bit One fitness tracker clips onto my waistband or pocket making it a better option. Continue reading

Stepping It Up

I have a desk job and I’ve known for awhile that I need to make a point to get up and move multiple time throughout the day. Since getting a Fitbit One for my birthday, I’ve been competing against past Rachel to add more steps into my day while not detracting from my job performance.

I’ve been able to add a few hundred steps into my day by slightly changing my behavior, here’s what I do:

  • park farther away. (Bonus: the farther from the door you are, the less likely your car is to get dinged by someone else’s door.)
  • fill my water bottle half way. By filling my 28oz water bottle with 14-16oz of water each trip to the water cooler, I am effectively doubling my number of trips to the cooler. (Bonus #1: The FitBit lets me track my water intake with helps me reach my goals of drinking more water. Bonus #2: Refillable bottles are better for the environment)
  • print to a farther printer. My office suite is not large, but I can add a few additional steps each day by printing to a farther printer.
  • stop picking up the phone. Obviously I answer my phone, but walking over to the person who I need to talk to adds some steps (Bonus: I build better relationships with my coworkers this way.)
  • pace. I don’t pace for the sake of pacing, but when I need to review or proofread something, I take it to the pacing zone or I take it outside if it’s nice. (Bonus: Changing my environment by even moving away from my chair helps me look at things with new eyes.)
  • take the stairs. I work on the second floor in a building without an elevator, so I have no choice in the matter. But I try to take the stairs when I’m other places. It drives me nuts when I go to the Clinic and there are signs at the elevators that say “Free Exercise: Take the Stairs” then I can’t find the stairwell! And if I do find some stairs, the floor I need is authorized access only. Label the stairwells better or put arrow from those signs please!

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