Photo by Julie Norman

Keeping track of how many miles she’s ridden, how many steps she takes during the day or how many calories she’s burned might work for some people, but they don’t work for Julie Norman. Instead of using fitness trackers, mileage counters, heart rate monitors, etc., the avid mountain biker will enjoy the area trails.


If it’s all the same to you, I’ll just enjoy having fun instead of tracking it

It seems as though we are constantly surrounded by numbers these days.
How many miles did you ride? You should exercise 5 days a week for 30 minutes a day! How many calories did you burn? How many “active minutes” is your fitness tracker showing for today? These numbers can be overwhelming and can often turn a fun activity into work.
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe my personality just isn’t one that can work with tracker tools of any kind … fitness, calorie, etc. These are great and valuable tools for some people, but not for me.
For instance, I have a love/hate relationship with Strava (Social media app for cyclists). I like to track my monthly miles of biking and it’s great for that. However, I have a terrible competitive streak so, even when I’ve had a great fun ride with friends, I’ll get to the end and end up disappointed because I didn’t get a PR on a trail segment.

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