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The fun has gone out of the beat

On 22nd June 2006, I registered my first physical activity on FunBeat, a Swedish site for keeping track of exercise of any kind (English speakers do not worry, the website is available in English as well). Since then, I have recorded 96819 minutes of physical activity. This is approximately two hours a day for more than two years. The big question is of course why? I usually do not do things without a good reason, so what lies behind this extensive recording?

Two things, mainly. I am a sucker for statistical data on things I do; I have no idea why this is so, but my father is like that, too. This is not the primary reason, though. Rather, in times when motivation is low (yes, it happens!), keeping track of exercising using FunBeat is great. It makes me aware of what I am doing, black on white, and that helps me to come to terms with the problem (yes, that is how I view it). FunBeat has been able to help me with this.

I have thought of dropping recording of physical activity many times, but up until now always when motivation is low. Not so this time. I drop FunBeat recording when motivation is peaking, not because I am lazy, but because I do not feel I need it anymore. I have been able to exercise on a level I feel comfortable with for the last year or so and using FunBeat now feels like pouring lubricant on machine already running smoothly. It is a waste of resources.

Therefore, i have decided to stop using FunBeat, at least for recording purposes. The forum is still very good and I will continue to login in and browse recent topics on food, exercise and many other subjects. However, I will not consistently monitor my physical activities anymore. Of course, I will keep track of progress in other ways, but this is the end of meticulous recording of all physical activity.A big thanks goes to my namesake, Olle, the founder of FunBeat.

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  1. Martin’s avatar

    Låter sunt. :-)


  2. thark’s avatar

    Heh. Detta (den sjukliga fascinationen vid att föra och analysera statistik) kan jag sympatisera till fullo med, även om jag förmodligen bara är mildare drabbad.