Generally, are fitness watches too aggressive (not just Garmin)?

You all know that I love Garmin's product, just not the quality control or lack of LTE.  But I will seriously be looking at one when they release the LTE Fenix Sport or Forerunner 955.  

That being said, I've seen a trend with all fitness devices that is a bit disturbing.  They push you a little TOO much.  Do more, run more, more cardio, more low aerobic, more this, more that.  Now, as I'm aging I'm finding that it's best to do less but stay consistent.  Don't run every day, but maybe every other day.  Don't push push push.   This constant push to do more and more has caused me more small injuries and other smaller problems, that I didn't have before these fitness watches became a thing.

More Achillies problems, more muscle soreness, cramps, knots.  More aches and pains.   Normally they wouldn't get this bad, but hey, I have to "close the rings", "Get my VO2 up", "Move damnit, the watch says so".

I'm starting to ignore much of it and slow things down to a more common sense sort of schedule.  The goal?  Stay fit and HEALTHY.  Not push push push.

I know when you are younger, this is typically ok, this "Push syndrome", but when you get above say 50, things just don't recover so fast.  

Do you all think that there needs to be more thought put into how these devices drive us?  I don't think the current programming is healthy on the body.

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  • That being said, I've seen a trend with all fitness devices that is a bit disturbing.  They push you a little TOO much.  Do more, run more, more cardio, more low aerobic, more this, more that. 

    This feels somewhat like the argument that those morons that drive off a cliff level against the GPS devices in their vehicles.

    My Fenix doesn't make me do anything. I use the Fenix as a tool in combination with other tools and research to make my own decisions. But then I also don't blindly follow my GPS unit over a cliff.

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  • That being said, I've seen a trend with all fitness devices that is a bit disturbing.  They push you a little TOO much.  Do more, run more, more cardio, more low aerobic, more this, more that. 

    This feels somewhat like the argument that those morons that drive off a cliff level against the GPS devices in their vehicles.

    My Fenix doesn't make me do anything. I use the Fenix as a tool in combination with other tools and research to make my own decisions. But then I also don't blindly follow my GPS unit over a cliff.

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  • My Fenix doesn't make me do anything. I use the Fenix as a tool in combination with other tools and research to make my own decisions. But then I also don't blindly follow my GPS unit over a cliff.

    No, but it's supposed to give direction.  I don't think it does well with the aging population.  Maybe it's because of the data supplied by FirstBeat.  This isn't Garmin, it's FirstBeat's lack of consideration for age.  Everything that is reported to you by Garmin is supplied by FirstBeat (I think that's the company they use).  I know Body Battery and Recovery time are supposed to help, but then you get weird counteracting data.

    We all want to stay in good health, period.  Or we wouldn't even be having this conversation