Archive for March 12th, 2016

Some recent experiences with walking, weight loss and wearable gadgets

March 12, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
March 12, 2016

Why do I know so much about the number of steps in a mile and the number of minutes and seconds it takes me to walk a mile?

I know, dear reader, that when you read my post from Friday you must have been asking yourself these very pertinent questions. Fear not; the answer is simple, and comprises but a single word:


Well, that’s the short answer. The long answer is:

My parental unit got a Fitbit Flex last year. P.U. liked this device but did not enjoy having to consult a smartphone to find out how many steps needed to be taken before the next goal was reached. Consequently, my parent upgraded to the Fitbit Charge.

The Charge is a sort of combination smartwatch and activity tracker. When prompted, it displays the precise number of steps the wearer has taken that day, among other information. My parent, pleased with this device, handed down the Flex to me. I began using it in October.

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