A friend gave me a fitbit zip. It is a small fitness tracking device that tracks how many steps you take each day and how many minutes of your day is active. It clips to your clothing. I hadn’t really wanted one but I thought it might be fun to give it a try. I was mildly interested in how many steps I take each day and it was free.
I set it up and wore it for a total of 70 days. For 70 days, I had it attached to the center of my bra during the daytime and attached to the waist of my pj’s bottoms at night. Other than showering, it was always on me.
It was fun to watch. Some days I walked 12,000 steps and one day I didn’t hit 1,000 steps. But something changed on day 70. I was sitting in bed while surfing the internet and I acknowledged a discomfort (not pain) that I had around my lower, left abdominal area. I say acknowledge because I had had this weird discomfort in the same area that my fitbit was attached every evening for several weeks but it was very mild and I hadn’t given it any thought.
So on night 70, I finally wondered about this discomfort and realized that it was in the same approximate area that my fitbit zip was attached at my waist. Since I am interested in reducing EMF toxicity in my home, I wondered about EMF’s and the fitbit. I did a quick google search and found a random blog post at TheHealthyHomeEconomist about the reasons why she did not recommend wearing a fitbit. One of those reasons was that she couldn’t justify wearing a device that emitted any level of EMF radiation.
It’s a blog and therefore an opinion so I took it as just that. I wasn’t completely convinced that I would be giving up my fitbit from that blog post but then I found something that convinced me to give it a try. I read all the positive and negative comments that followed the article and found this,
Barb February 24, 2015 at 3:14 pm
I looked online for side effects because I was having severe muscle pain in the arm I was wearing it on. I didn’t think anything of it at first, but when my doctor couldn’t find a medical reason for my muscle pain I tried thinking of what I was doing that might be causing it. Laying in bed last night, which is when I noticed the pain most, it dawned on me that the pain had started shortly after I had started wearing the fitbit. I took it off and left it on my nightstand. Within five minutes the pain was very noticeably less and I was finally able to get to sleep. The next morning I put it on again, but on my other wrist. By afternoon I was getting pain in that arm.
I figured it warranted taking off the fitbit to see if the discomfort went away. Well it did. I have not had any discomfort since I took it off. I guess in the end, my body knew.
So I took off my fitbit and the discomfort was gone the next morning. I won’t be putting my fitbit back on but I have to say, some days I miss it. Yesterday I went on a 7.5 hour hike and it would have been fun to see how many steps I took. I’ll never know that answer but my calves today are screaming…telling me it was a lot!
Please note that I don’t necessarily think the fitbit is bad. I am just saying to listen to your body. It just wasn’t for me.