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How I used data to hack my life

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Tarlon Khoubyari
   Web Content Manager

 

Our devices and applications collect a lot of data on us and the data is becoming more accessible than ever. Our personal data can help us in so many ways. It can help us be more active, it can track our sleep, it can track our overall health, and even remind us when we need a minute to breathe (yes, the apple watch does do that). If you don’t have an activity tracker, you should invest into one. Misfit  and Jawbone are two really inexpensive fitness trackers and they work just the same.

For this New Year, I wanted to find other ways to use my Apple Watch to hack my life. Like many people, I have set some health goals for myself this year. I wanted to be more active this year and to measure that, I called upon my Apple Watch series 1 sport to measure some of that data. I wanted to challenge myself this week by being better than the day before. For this week (Sunday to Sunday) I wanted to use my Apple Watch to monitor my steps, workouts and activity. If you have a fitness tracker or an Apple Watch, you should do this too!

A few disclaimers: I don’t usually wear my Apple Watch everyday so I have set a reminder on my phone to wear it. Also, my normal workout routine is 3-4 days a week for an hour and a half. I have also set my calorie goal for to be 550. Because most of my workouts consist of heavy lifting the Apple Watch can’t gage the number of calories I burn, however, will count it towards my workout goal.

With classes starting, a new work schedule, and trying to go to the gym 4 days a week I found myself being extremely tired. Not to mention, working out in itself takes a lot of mental and physical strength. The first few days of this challenge I was super motivated and excited. By the end of the week, I was dragging myself to the gym.

I underestimated that keeping up with it would  be this exhausting. I tried not to get too upset when I didn’t reach my calorie goal but my goal was to fulfill 2 of the 3 rings of my Apple Watch.

Without even realizing it, I noticed how much I move throughout the day. Even simple activities like standing or walking my schedule accumulated lots activity. Everyday was a clean slate. By the end of the week I saw how I did over the course of 7 days. I was really proud of how much work I put into being active and mindful of that data. The data showed me that I live a pretty active life.  It was shocking because I didn’t really think I did. It was also a lot of fun because my friends and I shared our activity so we were challenging and motivating each other.  

The biggest takeaway from this week was how valuable my personal data is. It encouraged me to be better and more mindful of the movement that I was making. Each day this data made me more conscious and aware of the movement I was making. It made me want to be better than the day before and I did!

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