Newsletter #41: Developing healthier relationships with tracking
hi there 👋
I hope everything is well.
I recently came across an article in the Wall Street Journal highlighting how wearables are potentially driving individuals to obsessive behaviors and what I would consider an unhealthy and misguided relationship with tracking.
As someone building tools that allow individuals to track a number of parameters, either subjectively (via questionnaires) or objectively (via measurements of resting physiology), I often think about the implications, and how to do this in a way that allows us to keep track of potentially important parameters, without falling into the dysfunctional behaviors highlighted by the article above.
How do we do better?
In this blog, I cover some of the choices I made when building HRV4Training, in an attempt to take a step in the right direction in the context of developing a healthier relationship with what can be useful indicators.
I hope these choices can make it easier to develop a better relationship with tracking metrics that can otherwise be useful in a number of contexts, from health to performance.
Thank you for reading!
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Marco holds a PhD cum laude in applied machine learning, a M.Sc. cum laude in computer science engineering, and a M.Sc. cum laude in human movement sciences and high-performance coaching.
He has published more than 50 papers and patents at the intersection between physiology, health, technology, and human performance.
He is co-founder of HRV4Training, advisor at Oura, guest lecturer at VU Amsterdam, and editor for IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine. He loves running.