Most of you know about my love/dislike relationship with electronic technology, particularly when it comes to the smartphone/ cellphone. I love my smartphone, even though I'll probably never become familiar with all its wonderful features. Guess that's because IT’S the smart part, not me!
Unlike many I know, I've never carried my phone on my body. No, it always remains safely in its own cute pouch on my safely separate backpack/handbag thingy. Umm, in passing, I don't know quite how to be delicate about this, but several studies show the ever increasing low sperm count in males is now definitely correlated to their habit of wearing a cell phone.
Anyhow, I also have very health conscious friends who have recently extended on their quest for live well by getting another electronic marvel, known as a fitbit. These are people who’s knowledge of fitness I greatly respect. My thinking was, “Well, if they think it's okay, it must be so.”
Just recently, on an extended Black Friday, which with commercial adroitness turned into a Black Saturday, I took the plunge and bought a nice purple one. There was a pang of sadness, as a soft click at my waist reminded me I was still wearing my trusty old pedometer - you know, the kind that if you shake it it records a step? But I was resolute in my quest for revelation of new electronic technology.
It sounds good. The fitbit will keep its electronic eye on you, delving into the most intimate recesses of your body, even your heart and mind. It will tell you in real time how many steps you take each day, your heart rate, how many times you wake up at night, and your sleep quality, not only that, but you can “pair” it with your other electronic devices!
But seriously, how much more electromagnetic frequency waves (EMF) do you need in your life? Do you want to be pelted with them day and night? When I walk with my pedometer, I'm getting away from EMF, out in the weather, enjoying the fresh air. I don't want some remote system checking on every move I make. It's sort of scary. Because we can't see wifi, we just think of it as a convenience and a necessity. It's similar to those baby monitors that parents rely on now.
According to PowerWatch, a wireless baby monitor at less than 1 meter away from the baby’s crib is roughly equivalent to the microwave radiation experienced from a cell phone tower only 150 meters away. It boggles my mind that I would knowingly subject myself to that bombardment of EMF while I sleep with a wireless enabled fitbit. The thought of exercising with one attached to me is bad enough.
So my glitzy almost-had-it fitbit has gone back to its home store. I really liked it, cause it was purple. Back to the well-worn, trusty pedometer, and my own blithe faith that 10,000 steps a day is the way to go!
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