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Fitness trackers or mindfulness apps as an aid to fitness and wellbeing. Anyone with experience they'd like to share?

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Hilary Griffiths


Fitness trackers or mindfulness apps as an aid to fitness and wellbeing. Anyone with experience they'd like to share?

Thu 19 Jan 2017 6:22pm

My daughter's OT suggested getting a fitness tracker (eg FITBIT or similar) as a tool for encouraging her to be aware of her fitness, but also as a way of tracking her types of sleep, as she is often exhausted all day. (She is 26.) Having completed recently a training in Mindfulness to help combat constant anxiety we wondered about acquiring a Fitbit which also has breathing exercises as an option.  I have heard that some peole can be allergic to the straps, and also am aware that my daughter really doesn't cope with anything round her wrist for very long.  Having looked at several online, including others which can attach with a clip, I'm confused as to which direction to take  -  a simple one for £20 or something like the Fitbit Charge 2 at £113 which has more sophisticated programmes.  I'm a bit of a tech virgin so would love some feedback.  Has anyone found these useful tools to encourage personal fitness/motivation/wellbeing either for themselves or for someone they care for?  Or is it more likely to be relegated to the bottom drawer (like many other worldbeaters before!)?  It's an expanding area and I just feel these things could be incredibly useful, though self motivation has to be the key I would think.

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  • SherpaMum's picture

    My husband has a watch that registers amount of steps, heartbeat, distance run etc.  He loves it, but it can be really annoying when he constantly wants to check out the data etc and we are sitting in the car waiting for him.

    A couple of friends have them to count steps and I think one has it to look at sleep, as she has a young child who doesn't sleep well.

    if you are motivated to use them then they are a good idea. Make sure your daughter doesn't get obsessed with how many steps she has to do.  If you are worried about whether she would use it why don't you start with a cheap one and get a more expensive one of she likes it, or alternatively buy the better one and you/another family member or friend can use it is she won't.

    let us know how you get on.

  • Hilary Griffiths's picture

    Thanks Sherpamum that's all really useful.  I suppose you WANT them to be really interested in keeping track but NOT obsessive!  Always a difficult balance as you pointed out.  i will keep you posted how we go on.  Thank you

    hils
  • Hilary Griffiths's picture

    Actually I believe you can get lots of Mindfulness apps for a smart phone or tablet, so maybe we'll get a cheaper tracker and rely on the phone for relaxation exercises.  Your comment has made me think more broadly many thanks.

    Does anyone have experience of using such an app for Mindfulness?  My daughter really benefitted from the Mindfulness class but now the course has finished we're not very good at keeping at it, so need some more of the support which the group gave us.  Her anxiety is completely disabling at times.  It has taken us decades (she is 26) to realise that many of her struggles stem from this anxiety and are only at the beginning of helping her with strategies.

    hils

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