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On Topic: The Measured Life

This Week's Discussion:

Do you track any personal metrics?

What have you discovered using self-tracking tools?

Tell us more about your experience.

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Will wrote:
I use the iPhone app SleepCycle to monitor my sleeping patterns. It has revealed some interesting stuff, and I'm exploring ways to increase the amount of deep sleep I get.
06/27/11 11:54 AM

Sara wrote:
I use "My Fitness Keeper" for the iPhone to track diet and exercise. I definitely made some changes in terms of what I'm eating and when. I also started walking instead of driving to work.
06/27/11 11:57 AM

Rajiv wrote:
I use my own app, Tonic, to keep track of back pain, notes about what I think could have brought it on, and various exercises/therapies I've tried to reduce or recover from episodes of back pain. I've discovered that standing (long airport check-in lines; conference exhibition days; etc.) are really bad, whereas active exercise (walking, hiking, etc) are not problematic. Also discovered that a couple of simple relaxation exercises are very effective in relieving the pain and getting me back to functional pretty quickly.
06/28/11 12:52 PM

Kristi wrote:
I bought a fitbit after reading your review - I love it! I initially tried a pedometer/heart rate watch but returned it because I wanted a tracker that required minimal effort on my part. The fitbit is so easy to use, and I'm much more motivated to work out when my activity level is graphed. my favorite discovery is that cleaning counts as light exercise, so I don't mind doing laundry or vacuuming so much anymore.
06/29/11 10:32 AM

Jody wrote:
Need for better automation of sensor data, and especially for fusion of sensor data from different devices and sources into a comprehensive personal exploitation knowledge base.
06/29/11 04:45 PM

Emily Singer: Technology Review's Biomedicine Editor

This section explores new tools and trends in self-tracking, a growing movement in which people monitor various personal metrics in order to make more informed choices about living a healthier and more productive life.


Resources for Self-Tracking

The Quantified Self Guide to Self-Tracking
A comprehensive collection of apps, devices and other tools for self-tracking, along with user ratings.
A free website that allows users to track blood pressure, ovulation, pain, sleep and other factors.
The Quantified Self blog
A blog maintained by the Quantified Self community highlighting local events and other developments in self-tracking.
A patient social networking site in which users rank the different treatments they have tried for a number of conditions.
Personal Informatics
A list of resources for people who want to collect personal data.
The Boston Quantified Self Meetup
One of many local chapters of the Quantified Self.
A patient social networking site that provides users with tools to track their symptoms and the effect of different treatments.