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These Fitbit bores are a step too far

PUBLISHED: 11:58 06 June 2018

James Park was certainly not bored with his Fitbit in 2015 - the CEO of the company is seen here at the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

James Park was certainly not bored with his Fitbit in 2015 - the CEO of the company is seen here at the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Please don’t tell Rachel Moore how many steps you’ve done that day...

Dodging the Fitbit bores has become a bit of a party game.

Check out the wrist and if it’s sporting a step-counting sleep monitoring heart rate checker device then duck out and head for the loo.

Stressing and obsessing about the data from these good health gadgets must be doing more harm than not meeting weekly targets of 70,000 steps.

Checking everything’s in working order umpteen times a day and being told you woke up 18 times in five hours and are not getting enough quality sleep must do more damage to your mental health than you’re ever doing to your physical health by not clocking up 10,000 steps every day.

But people want to share the data captured with you. Broken sleep is torture to the person suffering it. Listening to it is just as bad.

It’s not for sharing.

Now public health officials are looking to common sense that might bring more balance and sense to the issue - a brisk walk is far better for you than a willy-nilly 10,000 steps.

A walk, gardening and housework count as moderate intensity activity.

Just get on with it. A Fitbit isn’t a badge of honour – or a licence to bore everyone with the minutiae of your nighttime breathing.

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