Now that I'm pretty entrenched into the health and wellness world, I've seen some things I really like but others too that I'm not a fan of at all. These things mainly involve the obsessing over numbers.
Making sure everything is aligned in order to achieve optimal health is wonderful. Eating in a way that resonates with you as an individual, that allows you to have energy and feel good in your own skin is fantastic. All about it. But the trend of chasing after numbers makes me a bit weary. It seems to me that it's just a stone's throw away from a disorder. Now of course, this is just my opinion.
I own a tracking device and used it for about a year or so back in 2014. What I found was that I was mostly obsessing over the numbers. I mean, pacing around in my living room in order to hit 10,000 steps at 10pm? Come on! That seems a bit ridiculous...and it was. I took it off and decided I was done with it. I didn't like the person I became. I was focused on the numbers throughout the whole day instead of just living in tune with my body and my life. Instead of getting outside to walk a little during work because it was actually good for me, I did it for the sake of the numbers. That 10,000 steps reward.
And from what I'm seeing out there, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
My thoughts on this are simple: if you are compulsively checking numbers as they relate to health, you're going add more stress to your life. At least that was the case for me. If you can do the numbers thing and look at it as a guide as opposed to the end all be all, then by all means, go for it. For me, it didn't work out...