This Year Vinyl Won CES 2016
Strange as it may seem, both Panasonic and Sony made vinyl record players the centerpiece of their CES press conferences in Las Vegas this year. The Technics SL1200-GA from Panasonic delighted fans of the legendary brand, on its 50th anniversary, with luxurious design and materials, and some seriously thoughtful innovation. – Michael Rundle, Wired UK
As a former DJ earlier in life, I was always a fan of the Technics 1200. Even when newer technologies came out, the Technics 1200 continued to be a staple for DJs around the world. What makes some things sticky, and others not?
Where (Some) Wearable Tech Ends Up
Last year, wearable tech, especially the smartwatch, was the CES showstopper. This year, wearables were all about fitness. However, many continue to write that wearables end up abandoned. According to Nick Bilton of the New York Times this week, in “Where Wearable Technology Ends Up (Hint: Not Your Wrist)”, he says,
The junk drawer in my home used to look just like yours, filled with loose change, batteries and birthday candles. But over the last year, a new category of junk has started to accumulate there: wearable devices.
There’s my old Fitbit, a fitness tracker I used for a couple of weeks, forgot to charge and never wore again. It sits next to a dusty Jawbone UP, another tracker that once told me I had walked three miles while I sat on my couch eating popcorn and watching a movie. And then there’s the Apple Watch, the much-hyped device that was supposed to usher in a new era of mobile computing.
Why the Speedo Shine Is Still on My Wrist
Never a gym rat, I fell in love with the gym as an out-of-town visitor at Life Time Fitness, primarily because I like to swim. Also, their “eucalyptus steam room” is an amazing way to end a workout.
Because I like to swim, I was lent the Speedo Shine by Misfit when it first came out, and it is still on my wrist. My son who has always been a Quantified Selfer, even in analog terms, was testing fitness trackers, and he lent me the Speedo Shine while he tested another more expensive tracker. His ended up in a drawer, and he is still waiting to get the Misfit back.
What Makes a Wearable Sticky?
The primary reason my son’s expensive tracker ended up no longer being used is the pain of charging the battery. Having to charge it while sleeping, he could not benefit from the sleep data.
The Misfit uses a coin battery, like most wristwatches, and mine lasted about five months.
Because I don’t have to charge the Misfit, it never leaves my wrist. Maybe that’s part of its stickiness. You never take it off to charge it, so you keep it on. It becomes a habit, and a constant reminder of your commitment to fitness.
I also found my sleep data to be the most valuable information I learned from the Misfit. (Maybe more on that in another post.)
Losing 30 Pounds in 6 Months
The simple truth to losing weight is eating fewer calories than your body uses.
I always thought I was aware of how many calories I was eating and how much I was exercising, but I was wrong. It wasn’t until I actually started tracking “everything” that I was eating via My Fitness Pal that I was able to get full accountability. Even though I avoid refined sugar, and do not eat bread or pasta, I still struggled to lose weight gained after a knee injury.
What I learned from My Fitness Pal:
- Avoid certain fruits high in sugar. I thought by eating only natural sugars in fruit, I was eating well. Tracking my sugar intake showed me I was consuming too many grams of sugar. A cup of red seedless grapes has 156 calories and 35 grams of sugar! Compare that to a cup of strawberries at 53 calories and 8 grams of sugar.
- The ability to visualize and adjust my calories, carbs, fat, protein, potassium, and sugar enabled me to balance my diet for effective weight loss.
- Good fats are not bad. I also do not eat low-fat food. It leaves me with cravings, and typically has more carbs and sugar than the real thing. It’s all about correctly measuring the portion size.
Not a Perfect Tracker, But a Perfect Combination
Do you need a perfect tracker? Sometimes, my Misfit is not precisely accurate, but it is more accurate than most. It may be off by a lap or two. But I no longer count laps or steps, I count minutes.
Adding the data from the minutes of exercise from Misfit to the My Fitness Pal helps me “eat less calories than my body uses.” Simple, and effective, and I lost 30 pounds in 6 months last year.
Find Exercise that You Love and Do Intervals
Regular, continuous cardio also stopped giving me results, and was boring. I found combining a regular exercise that I love (swimming) and mixing up my routine (recumbent bike, elliptical, nature walks, yoga, light strength training) kept me interested, while going fast and slow during the cardio exercises made a huge difference.
I also do interval eating. Some days are more calories than others, but I still try to maintain my calorie goal. This jump-starts my metabolism.
My Knee Injury is Not an Excuse
My friend Dr. Luks believes you don’t always need to have knee surgery. For me, using a recumbent bike regularly for ten minutes before my other exercises, strengthened my knee. Now that I have lost the weight, my knee pain is greatly minimized, and I am able to work out regularly. Plus, swimming is a great exercise if you have knee problems. But you should check with your doctor.
Find What Works for You
The important thing is to use wearable tech to come up with a combination that works for you. Just counting your steps is not it, and your tracker will end up in a drawer.
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