Robot Fitness Partners: Making Them Work for You

Hassled, nagged, and hounded (for your own good): An Apple watch fitness story.

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This Christmas, I got a lot of fun things, and one — which I wanted, which I ASKED FOR — that is either going to be my best friend or my worst enemy: an Apple Watch. It pings me — makes a sound and taps me on the wrist — when it’s time to stand up (I’m a writer; yes, I have to be told to stand up), time to “take a minute to breathe” (and you best believe it’s timing me), and time to get going on my daily “move” goals (if I ever hit that target, imma throw a party). It’s kind of awful … but mostly kind of great. It’s an assist to the AbsoluteFIT component of accountability, yes?

And it’s actually just the thing I need — I do tend to sit a lot, tapping away at my laptop, and sometimes when I stand, I have pins and needles … not advisable. I’m home by myself a lot; I have no one to sort of break the spell (work & blissful silence — it’s a pretty good setup).

So what I’m going to do is, not treat these reminders like the enemy. The watch is my little robot fitness pal (that can also text, email, and holler at me when my phone’s ringing). I’m going to get a LOT of credit on my Move and Steps goals by going to AbsoluteFIT, and on days when I’m not in the studio, it’ll remind me not to just sit like a lump; I like seeing those concentric rings get closer to closure!

Longtime users of Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin trackers, etc. — tell me how you make yours work for you (including tips to get to your daily goals). New users — work with me, and we’ll see how we can get these suckers to help us instead of driving us nuts.

—Lydia M.

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.

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