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Energy, and how to get it - All of us know people who have more energy than we do, but the science of the phenomenon is just coming into view

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    hungariantoast
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    I don't know how to ask this question without it potentially coming off the wrong way, but it's a genuine one: what did you get out of this article? I personally think I got two interesting notes...

    I don't know how to ask this question without it potentially coming off the wrong way, but it's a genuine one: what did you get out of this article?

    I personally think I got two interesting notes out of the article:

    • "Energy", or the metabolism, could be usefully thought of as a "pseudo-muscle" that becomes more efficient and endurant the more it is worked. Force yourself to be more energetic, and eventually it will require (seemingly) less effort to do so

    • I really should get some sort of fitness tracker/smartwatch to at least evaluate, and possibly try to optimize, my health

    In fact, I almost did buy a Fitbit Charge 5 today, because they are on sale for $150, but I have some privacy concerns. Though, it doesn't seem like any other offering is any better in the privacy department? Apple maybe? I don't have an iPhone though.

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      cfabbro
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      I read this article several months ago, and its a long one, so that question is a bit hard to answer now... but I remember the article touching on a bunch of really interesting things, ranging...

      what did you get out of this article?

      I read this article several months ago, and its a long one, so that question is a bit hard to answer now... but I remember the article touching on a bunch of really interesting things, ranging from talking about the latest research on the physical mechanisms behind metabolism and energy levels, to some more philosophical/psychological and metaphysical/speculative aspects. But overall I came away with a similar sense as you did, that (barring certain disorders) energy levels and metabolism is not strictly set in stone, and you can improve them through lifestyle choices, attitude adjustments, and physical training.

      p.s. Although I can't speak to the privacy aspects, if you're looking for a budget smart watch with excellent fitness tracking capabilities, I bought an Amazfit Bip U Pro early last year for $70 after reading a wearable.com review on it, and couldn't be happier with it. My only recommendation is to buy a replacement strap for it though, since the silicone one it comes with is really cheap, and gets really clammy and uncomfortable after wearing it for long periods. I bought a few replacement to try, but this leather replacement strap is the one I finally settled on. It's super comfortable, and never gets clammy even after wearing it during workouts, all day, and all night (since the watch has sleep tracking too).

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        hungariantoast
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        Ah, thanks for the recommendation, but I ended up splurging and got the Charge 5 today because it was on sale at a local store for $120, which was cheaper than yesterday (let's see if they burn me...

        Ah, thanks for the recommendation, but I ended up splurging and got the Charge 5 today because it was on sale at a local store for $120, which was cheaper than yesterday (let's see if they burn me and drop the price further tomorrow!)

        First impressions? Well, I haven't even had the thing on my wrist for eight hours yet, but so far I can say:

        • It pretty heavily overestimates steps taken. It's way too early to say for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if it reports fifty percent higher than it actually should on a sedentary day. Accuracy is probably much better when you're not sitting at a desk all day though. It's something I will keep my eye on.

        • Heartbeat measurements are supposedly very good compared to "medical grade" devices. I'll trust that's true and just say, wow, I had no idea how much my heartbeat fluctuated while just walking around my apartment, doing the dishes, and other miscellaneous stuff.

        • Finally, Pebble nailed it seven years ago when they put a 64-color "epaper" display into the Pebble Time. That display is always-on, but only consumes power when the image changes. Its brightness, again with no power cost, automatically increases with ambient light, so it's always perfectly readable in direct sunlight. (It also had a backlight for when it was too dark to normally see the display.) The display on the Charge 5 sure is pretty, but I'm not sure even AMOLED is a better display technology for this form factor than what Pebble had seven years ago, and this evening I find myself surprisingly salty that Fitbit bought Pebble and promptly did fuck all to continue the legacy of their products.

        That's about it for now. I actually do think the Charge 5 is interesting, that I will end up liking it, and that it will be useful for maintaining and improving my health. I am weirdly excited to wake up tomorrow morning and check my sleep statistics.

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        1. cfabbro
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          Nice. And yeah, from what I read, you really can't go wrong with a Fitbit, so that was probably a safer choice. I just didn't want to spend $180 (the cheapest I could find a Fitbit at the time) on...

          Nice. And yeah, from what I read, you really can't go wrong with a Fitbit, so that was probably a safer choice. I just didn't want to spend $180 (the cheapest I could find a Fitbit at the time) on something I didn't know if I would actually use or not... especially since I haven't worn a watch in like 20+ years. :P But now that I have gotten used to the Amazfit Bip, and really like what it offers but wish it had even more features, I will probably upgrade to an Apple watch at some point further down the line.

          As for screens, I agree that e-ink would be awesome since I don't care about full color either. However, the Bip U Pro's screen is actually surprisingly decent, especially for the price, and the battery life has been absolutely amazing so far too. I only have to charge it once every 7-9 days, even with fairly regular daily use.

          p.s. I kind of obsess over the sleep tracking features as well. I still suffer from occasional bouts of insomnia which I can't control, but despite that, it has still helped me normalize my sleep schedule a lot over the last year.

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