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FitBit or WHOOP? Which will it be?

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It is 2020. The new decade is finally here. Of course, everyone has their fitness goals ready and set. Back in the day, we would usually break out the pad and pen and write down our goals. We would take the same pad and pen to the gym to keep track of our goals. But, it is 2020. We have modern technology that will track our goals for us. There are many devices now that will tell us all about ourselves and all of our metrics. I am super concerned about my sleep. I will also be running an international half marathon this year and will keep you all informed.Two devices that I am thinking about investing in are the FitBit and Whoop. Today, we are going to compare the two before I decide. I'm judging the price and the sleep metrics, heart rate, and calories burned are tracked.

FitBit

Since it has been on the market the longest, let's consider the FitBit, first. FitBit has Alexa built in. Some of the bells and whistles is that FitBit has a real time calorie burn, real time heart rate zones, and you can track your ovulation and menstration. It also engages you in guided breathing.

FitBit helps improve your sleep, energy, and overall health by getting your insights about the night and helping you create the optimal sleep sleep schedule along with better habits and better rest. Precise heart rate sensors and sensitive motion detectors work while you sleep. All of the metrics are uploaded onto the app and your sleep quality is measured in each sleep cycle and gives you a personalized sleep score.

Looking at the website, it is kinda of hard to know what to do with all of the data. You can upgrade to Premium that will help you with programs to kick your sugar habit, and gives you access to thousands of workouts that are best for your body type and lifestyle.

You can invest in a FitBit Versa, which looks like a smartwatch for about $229 or you can have the more simple FitBit Inspire HR band for $99.95.

WHOOP

You will notice the immediate difference is that WHOOP charges a subscription instead of charging for the device. With a subscription, you get a Strap 3.0 for free. The Strap 3.0, which is literally a sensor in the form of a strap that collects your physiological data 24/7. The data is collected to determine your personal readiness to perform each day.

There is daily reporting on desktop and mobile devices. The Strain Coach lets you know in real time when to train harder and when to back off. The Sleep Coach allows you to align with your circadian rhythm. Over 4 months, Whoop clients experience better sleep (about 41 minutes more), 60% fewer injuries, 79% less alcohol consumption and minimized symptoms of exhausting travel.

Another really cool feature is that you can use your WHOOP to connect to your favorite apps that are BLE compatible. This strap connects to treadmills, bikes, and rowing machines.

Monthly memberships are $30 for a 6 month commitment. $24 for a 12 month commitment. And $18 for 18 months. With that, I think that I have made my decision. I believe that I will be getting a WHOOP subscription. Thank you for helping me make my decision!



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Pyrrhus of Epirus had nothing on Lovie Smith.

In 279 B.C., Pyrrhus led the Epirus army against the Romans in the Battle of Asculum. Pyrrhus won the battle but lost so many soldiers that his army could not continue to fight the war.

Thus was born the expression “Pyrrhic victory.” It’s when you win something but at such a cost that you lose in the long run.

Fast-forward 2,302 years. Coach Lovie Smith and the Houston Texans had one thing to do last Sunday – lose a football game – a skill they had been quite proficient at all season. But true to form, they couldn’t even do that right.

They entered Sunday’s game on the road against Indianapolis with the worst record in the league. If they lost, they’d clinch the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft. They’d have a clear shot at landing talented quarterback Bryce Young of Alabama and start their path back to respectability.

Lose one for the Gipper.

It looked like they had the loss wrapped up, too, trailing 31-24 with 3:29 left. And that’s when the Texans decided, “Let’s win this game!” Seriously? They drove downfield and scored a touchdown on a last-minute desperation pass. That made the score 31-30 still in favor of the Colts, the Texans still in firm grasp of losing. What to do now? Shank the extra point on purpose? Go for two and take a knee?

Suddenly Lovie Smith, criticized all season for playing uninspired, predictable football, became a riverboat gambler, went for two, made it, and won the game.

What were you thinking?

Smith, his job on the line, did the one thing that doomed him to the ranks of the unemployed. The Texans didn’t even wait for NFL Black Monday to dismiss him. He was dismissed Sunday night before the 10 o’clock news.

We don’t know if losing would have saved Smith’s job, but it’s for sure that winning didn’t help. The Texans operate in the Bizarro World, where “us do opposite of all Earthly things. Us hate beauty. Us love ugliness. Is big crime to make anything perfect.”

Us would rather pick No. 2 in the NFL draft and not No. 1.

With the Texans’ luck, another team that needs help at quarterback, say the Colts, will trade up with the Bears, grab the No. 1 pick and steal Young, who has a long, successful pro career and wins multiple Super Bowls.

He coulda been a Texan, and the Texans coulda been a contender. All they had to do was lose a simple football game. Losing is easy. You just need a game plan. You’ve seen the movie Major League. The team owner needs the Indians to lose so fans stay away and the owner can break the lease on their stadium and move the team to Florida. So the team signs a bunch of misfits and lousy players.

Fans already stay away from Texans games. The roster already is pretty underwhelming. They just needed to finish the job and lose on Sunday.

At the post-game press conference, Smith was asked about his future with the Texans and he expressed confidence that he’d be back next year. The Texans fired him a couple of hours later. Way to humiliate the poor guy one last time. They could have told him he was toast before the press conference.

Nice touch, Brandin Cooks, the Texans’ best offensive player, who makes $19 million a year, trashing the Texans after the game. Cooks said, “I want to be part of a vision where everyone is on the same page and has a stable vision.” He wasn’t talking about the Texans.

The Texans still may get a quality player with the No. 2 pick. Most draft experts point to defensive stars like Will Anderson of Alabama or Jalen Carter of Georgia. Both could be impact players, but no position can turn a team around like quarterback. And the Texans need to do a complete 180.

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