Fitness Bands

New York Times: For Fitness Bands, Slick Marketing but Suspect Results

Fitbit Flex
I have had a FitBit Flex since August 2013. I am happy with it except for the wristband – two of them have cracked in less than 1 year. FitBit quickly mailed me a new wristband. One must carefully monitor the low battery. It’s a good idea to charge it once a week. I had the Ultra before this – it was a clip-on device. I liked it because it showed me exactly to the step where I was. The Ultra was also excellent for showing how many stairs I climbed per day, which is very important for people who live in Vienna! The method for tracking your sleep was somewhat awkward with the Ultra. With the Flex, I always log in the sleep manually – the “tapping” method never really worked for me. The Flex has a silent alarm that vibrates but it is difficult to snooze it! More research on my part is needed! In my opinion, the window that shows the lights is useless – it only contributes to the weakness of the band. I think they need to improve the interface with Facebook – I turned off the “sharing”. I only want to show the number of steps I did at the end of the day so that I can taunt my Fitbit buddies!

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How Napping Will Make Your Life Easier

How Napping Will Make Your Life Easier

Five Reasons You Should Nap:

1. To recharge your batteries:
Instead of looking for a quick and short-lived boost of energy in caffeine or sugar, go for the stable energy a nap provides.

2. To disconnect from doing, from deadlines and get back to being:
Is your life spinning so fast you sometimes don’t know why you’re doing what you’re doing, and who’s doing it? Nap. It will give you perspective.

3. To stop a momentum in an unwanted direction and reboot:
If you started your day frazzled and unfocused; spilled coffee on yourself; got stuck in traffic; arrived late at work, only to have an instant argument with a colleague; you know you’ve got an unhappy momentum going there. How are you going to stop it? Go to sleep!

4. To keep your mental energy clear and focused all day:
Why only have a few good hours? Napping will help you have an equally efficient and fun day from morning to evening. Bonus: You’ll get to dinner time able to hold a conversation, without needing comfort foods and alcohol to unwind.

5. To slow down time!
Segmenting your day with a midday break will actually cause a shift in how you experience time. Don’t you often hear people (maybe yourself too) say things like “Time is flying by!” or “OMG it’s already (5 p.m.! Spring! Thanksgiving! Our anniversary! You name it). Yet we know the earth is still taking about 365 days to orbit around the sun, and about 24 hours to rotate on itself.

What do you think has changed? Our mindsets, of course. Our perception of time. By slowing you down internally, a midday nap will shift your experience of time to a slower, gentler pace. Try it.