Maybe TMI is NFG

 
Image Courtesy Vernon Chan via Flickr Creative Commons

Image Courtesy Vernon Chan via Flickr Creative Commons

 

A new study showed that fitness monitoring devices did not help subjects lose weight, in fact they had the opposite effect on research participants.  Another study found trackers didn't increase activity levels enough to improve health.

They are surprising results. It would seem like more information should help with fitness goals, but in fact the opposite turns out to be true. There is only speculation about why this may be true, and of course manufacturers of trackers are defending the usefulness of the devices. But it may be that what we need to listen to is feedback from our own bodies instead of output from a computer. 

One goal we are always striving for in Yoga Tune Up classes at Connect Yoga is body awareness. By moving our bodies in different ways and using rolling to connect to our tissues, we become more adept at understanding what our body needs. Maybe that's all the tracking we need.