My Apple Watch

January 26, 2023

I have an Apple Watch and while I used to really, REALLY be into it, I’m not feeling it anymore.

No filter, obviously.

First, I’ve become disenchanted with the Apple Fitness app. The app rewards streaks: perfect week, perfect month, etc. I am a person who HATES to break streaks, and so I fell into the trap of thinking that activity doesn’t “count” unless I have a fitness device tracking it. And for me, that’s not a great way of thinking. You need rest from exercise. Even The Rock only exercises 6 days a week. I’ve been catching a lot of colds lately and on some of those days I’m not closing that move ring. And that makes me feel crummy about myself, even if I’m moving more this year than I ever did last year.

I also have some nice non-Apple watches that I miss wearing, but if I don’t wear the Apple Watch, I break my streak or feel like I wasted the money I spent on the watch.

I’m tired of the watch drawing my eye when notifications pop up. But if I turn off the notifications, I might as well wear another watch, right? I’m never really far away from my phone anymore so do I need this watch?

Is anyone else out there souring on their fitness trackers?

(happy birthday, Dad!)

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  • Steve "Kestrel" January 26, 2023 at 10:18 am

    I asked for, and received, an Apple watch for Christmas. I pretty much love the watch, EXCEPT for the fitness app–in the middle of the night, it wakes me up to tell me it’s time to stand! Because of my age, general lack of fitness, and hypertension, I got it for the ECG function, the pulse monitor, AND for notifications–since I don’t take my phone upstairs to bed with me, for instance. So far, other than the fitness app, I’m “enjoying” it. There are still some nuances I need to explore further, but so far, so good. That said, I totally get where you’re coming from.

  • COD January 26, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    I got a Fit Bit for my birthday a couple of years ago. It lasted about two weeks before I returned it and bought a classic Citizen Field Officers watch instead.