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I Don’t Want To Share My Fitbit Stats With Friends—Is That Weird?

Etiquette expert Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, knows a thing or two about the rules of the road—and the descendant of the famous decorum diva is a runner too! 

Q: My friends want to share our Fitbit stats. I’m nervous about the competition and don’t really want to get into that with them, but the peer pressure! Should I try it?

A: This is one of the most frustrating things about statistics for me. For example, I had a friend who was 10 pounds lighter than I was, and it used to annoy her that we’d hit the treadmills together and the stats would always show I had burned more calories than she had. I kept trying to explain to her that it didn’t matter because we were two different bodies. I burn more calories because there is more of me to move. I felt badly that she was never satisfied with our sessions because of this difference. Of course, some people are just into the information in order to gather data that will help them understand more about weight loss and exercise.

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If you know your friends are competitive like mine was, it might be best to say that you want to keep your results to yourself, but you feel really lucky to be supporting each other in your fitness goals.

If they pressure you, say, “I hope you can respect my comfort level, because I’m really excited to be doing this Fitbit thing.” Hopefully they will hear you and understand.

Have a question for Lizzie? Email editorial@womensrunning.com or tweet @womensrunning with the hashtag #ProperForm.

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Lizzie Post

Lizzie Post

Lizzie Post, is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette 18th edition as well as Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette 6th edition and The Etiquette Advantage in Business 3rd edition. Lizzie does speaking engagements across the country sharing advice about entertaining, weddings, dating, dining etiquette, tech-etiquette, finance and lifestyle. She has worked as a spokesperson for companies including Bank of America, American Express, AirBnB, and Genentech. She is a columnist with Women’s Running magazine, Good Housekeeping magazine, and Houzz.com. She is the co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast on American Public Media’s podcast network Infinite Guest. She is a regular guest on American Public Media’s The Dinner Party. Lizzie offers a fresh perspective with an engaging and modern voice. She delights in tackling etiquette’s taboo topics with the media, making her a popular source. Her interviews include NBC’s The Today Show, Katie, Fox & Friends, Live with Kelly and Michael, The Gayle King Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Harper’s Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, Glamour, Redbook, The Huffington Post and more.