There are productive or unproductive behaviors, given someone’s aim. Thinking of “good” or “bad” itself is counterproductive.
About 10 years go I began to notice that fitness tracking tech was becoming what gym memberships often are: a totem of “good”. That is, 90% of members don’t use their memberships. Among those who do, 90% don’t abide by a strategy or model of progression. The business plans for large health and fitness facilities actually count on this, by the way. Just having the membership satisfies the false paradigm of “good” or “bad.”
In the same way, wearing a device is a symbol of exerting oneself. We see it as “good.” But data collection is either analyzed and synthesized into a productive way forward or not. There’s no “good” or “bad” here. You are a valuable human being regardless.
When we aren’t executing productive behaviors, that isn’t bad. We aren’t bad. That shouldn’t even be an implicit message on the periphery. You are awesome no matter what.
Instead, merely figure out a productive progression. With each experiment, we simply gather more data. You didn’t fail or succeed. You completed a data gathering. Now assess. Now craft a different experiment.
When we try different tactics with health and fitness, we need not get wrapped up in “good” and “bad.” In fact, DON’T. Who you are already is valuable and what you do already is commendable.
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