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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  • I get the feeling that Garmin likes to "tune" their products to relatively hardcore athletes, whereas other devices like, say, fitbit, are tuned more for the everyday person that just wants to be healthier.

    I agree that Garmin pushes me pretty dang hard - trying to keep my "training status" at "maintaining" or higher takes a ton of exercise, often more than I have time or energy to do. I'm not a hardcore athlete, so I just do my best, and if Garmin thinks I'm not doing enough, then oh well. It's not my mother, I can make my own choices

    I bought my watch primarily for the navigation, ABC sensors, ClimbPro, etc. to use while hiking/backpacking and other outdoor activities. The fitness tracking was just an added bonus for me, which I realize puts me in the minority here - most people seem to more focused on fitness

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  • I get the feeling that Garmin likes to "tune" their products to relatively hardcore athletes, whereas other devices like, say, fitbit, are tuned more for the everyday person that just wants to be healthier.

    I agree that Garmin pushes me pretty dang hard - trying to keep my "training status" at "maintaining" or higher takes a ton of exercise, often more than I have time or energy to do. I'm not a hardcore athlete, so I just do my best, and if Garmin thinks I'm not doing enough, then oh well. It's not my mother, I can make my own choices

    I bought my watch primarily for the navigation, ABC sensors, ClimbPro, etc. to use while hiking/backpacking and other outdoor activities. The fitness tracking was just an added bonus for me, which I realize puts me in the minority here - most people seem to more focused on fitness

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