A fitness tracker (for translators?)
I thought about buying a fitness tracker long ago. I also thought I was in shape!
So many people live a sedentary life. In fact, anyone who works in an office does, but we translators beat them all – in the morning we don’t even need to dress up and walk out of the door to go to work. How fantastic!
Before becoming a translator, I used to work in restaurants, bars and hotels. That means that I was on my feet all day. I did it for 10 years. My grandma, who spent her life behind the counter of her bar, is 83 years old and in perfect shape for her age. She’s the proof that living an active lifestyle is good for your health in the long term, but I will tell you something more: it’s never too late to start!
I think it’s because of my past career, but as soon as I started working full-time as a freelance translator, I felt the need to play sports, to go out and leave my office at least once a day. And I did exactly that. Between running (I had never run for the previous 27 years of my life!), cycling, track & field, table tennis, and the gym, when I first started my translation career I used to exercise for 10 hours a week. However, later on translation contracts followed one another and I cut down my hours of exercise to dedicate more time to work. Actually, because of those 10 hours of sport a week, I felt like I wasn’t working enough. One year later, instead, I started to exercise (only) three times a week, thinking that it was enough. I felt like I was working too much, though.
We all know how important it is to stay active. We all know that it’s not easy to find the right balance between work and exercise. I personally struggle to find it on a daily basis. Although, nowadays we’re lucky to have “fitness assistants”.
How do you know how much exercise you need? There are so many fitness trackers out there. They can help you with that. You know, I am talking about those bracelets that keep track of your activity 24/7 and tell you to move your butt. Just choose one, even the cheapest. I believe they are great to help keep you moving and increase your motivation by offering daily goals to achieve.
I wanted a fitness tracker for so long! I loved the idea to see statistics of my daily activity, calories burnt, my heart rate etc. Among all the fitness trackers out there, I had always kept an eye on the Fitbit Charge HR (now Charge 2). It does look very good, but I didn’t like the fact that it isn’t waterproof – even if I swim occasionally, I like to wear a fitness tracker and count the calories I burn when I am in the water, too.
I have no idea how I stumbled upon the Polar A360. I already knew Polar, especially for creating wearable tech for runners, but when I searched for a fitness tracker online this brand never came up. Eventually, by watching this very good video, I was convinced to buy one.
Is a fitness tracker a good option for a translator?
It’s early to say because I have been having it on my wrist for only a few days. What I can say is that I first bought it to keep track of the training sessions I was already doing, but soon realized that some days of the week I wasn’t doing anything at all! – besides translating, of course. Now that I have it, I am motivated to bring my daily goal status over 100%. I will dedicate the following blog post to my first impressions of the Polar A360. For now I can only say one think: I thought I was in shape!
Have you ever considered the importance of exercising? How do you make sure to exercise enough? Do you think a fitness tracker is something right for you? Let me know in the comment section below.