Makeup artist, 29, admits she had to STOP using her Apple Watch after becoming addicted to the metrics: 'I worked out for 30 days straight'
By Carina Stathis For Daily Mail Australia
A beauty blogger has had to stop using her Apple Watch after developing a 'fitness obsession' that negatively impacted her lifestyle.
Lauren Curtis, from Perth, Western Australia, bought the popular device to track her workouts and keep herself accountable.
But the 29-year-old said over time this did 'more harm than good' as she became infatuated with hitting daily exercise targets.
'I worked out for 30 days straight (without any breaks) because of that watch and not wanting to break my streaks,' Lauren wrote on Instagram.
'But it was starting to feel like punishment - if I didn't exercise the next day I'd beat myself up about slacking off.'
Beauty blogger Lauren Curtis, from Perth, Western Australia, (pictured) had to stop using her Apple Watch after developing an unhealthy obsession with fitness
The 29-year-old bought the popular device to track her workouts and keep herself accountable. But over time this did 'more harm than good' as she became infatuated with hitting daily exercise targets
The Apple Watch is designed with several features to track nearly all aspects of your movements throughout the day - including heart rate, step count, number of kilojoules burnt and a workout 'streak rate'.
One feature of the Apple Watch is the exercise rings (pictured) that track your daily movements, exercise and standing period
It also features a circle with three different coloured rings to track your movements, exercise and standing period.
But Lauren said she became so obsessed with 'closing' her rings she found it difficult to enjoy exercising.
'I'd also feel guilty about my heart rate not being high enough on a walk with Reece and Mia, so I'd jog on the spot as they were walking or run ahead and run back just so I'd be able to close my move ring,' she wrote.
'I couldn't just enjoy those moments anymore, they needed to fulfil a purpose.
'It fostered a really unhealthy relationship with exercise - a relationship that was already on rocky ground since being a teenager.'Share
The Apple Watch is designed with several features to track nearly all aspects of your movements throughout the day - including heart rate, step count, number of kilojoules burnt and a workout 'streak rate'
'It fostered a really unhealthy relationship with exercise - a relationship that was already on rocky ground since being a teenager,' she wrote
After recognising her preoccupation with her Apple Watch, she decided to give herself a break and stop using it completely.
'I realised that I needed to completely rethink my relationship with exercise. I wanted to view it as something that I did FOR my body, not to it,' she said.
'I wanted to go for walks and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful flowers, to listen to the birds, to take in my surroundings and observe the world around me. Instead of "did I exercise hard enough?" I wanted the parameter of success to be "do I feel relaxed and refreshed?"'
Lauren has considered reusing her Apple Watch but is aware she'll likely fall back into the old habits, so she hasn't worn it since.
'All of that to say, my body deserves respect and love regardless of what it looks like,' she said.
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