Eddie finds fitness motivation and measurement with UP3™

Eddie Goett

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Now, instead of walking into the climbing gym saying, “What am I going to do today?,” I have a plan for which workouts I’m going to do; using spreadsheets and the UP3 makes it easier to accomplish what I want.

“The hardest for me regarding my health has been staying active through injuries,” confesses Eddie Goett, an UP3™ wearer, surgery technician and nursing student. “I’ve always been an outdoorsy person. I injured my foot rock climbing, and since then, I’ve been recovering. My foot injury has led to back pain, neck pain, all sorts of things. I’ve also had asthma since I was 16 months old. Staying active is really important for me because the more I stay active, I don’t see the asthma as bad. The more that I sit, the more that I get sedentary—the worse I feel.”

Eddie’s desire to reduce his reliance on prescription medications has been his core motivation to live a healthy lifestyle. “All my life, I’ve been taking pills for my asthma but I don’t like to be dependent on medicine,” he explains. “It’s always been my goal to reduce those as much as possible. Staying active helps, but I’ve also noticed that changing my diet a little bit—for example, inflammatory foods I’ve gotten rid of—reduces my reliance on medicine. It’s going to be impossible for me to completely eliminate the medicine, but I can reduce it as much as possible.”

Eddie has been able to stay fit with weekly activities like trail running and rock climbing, but admits that in the past three years, he’s taking training for these activities more seriously. “I’ve noticed that with these injuries that keep coming back, that I need to train at a certain level to stay fit and work out at the level I want,” Eddie says with determination. “I was reading some books about training for alpinism that were talking about how keeping a log or spreadsheet for these things helps you stick with it. Now, instead of walking into the climbing gym saying, ‘What am I going to do today?,’ I have a plan for which workouts I’m going to do; using spreadsheets and the UP3 makes it easier to accomplish what I want.”

For Eddie, who is always on the go, UP made it easier to log his training. “I love that I don’t have to tell my band that I went on a trail run today. I just drive up to the trail and start running,” he explains happily. “It was always tough for me to keep track of those things because my workouts were in several different notebooks and spreadsheets. Now it’s all right here in my phone. The UP App knows that I went on that run. It tells me how long it was; it tells me how many steps; it tells me how many calories I’ve burned and I don’t even have to think about it. I just have to press ‘Yes.’”

As a surgery technician at UCSF, Eddie works an on-call schedule. “Some weeks I work 20 hours; some weeks I work 60 hours,” he explains. “UP gives me mindfulness to my daily activity. It’s like ‘This is what you did today: how many steps you took, how much you walked, how many miles and calories you accrued.’ It creates a mindfulness of when I wasn’t as active or when I’m really active. That helps keep everything in check.”

When asked about his biggest supporters, Eddie cites his wife as his No. 1 ally in life. “We’ve been together for about six years now and we really complement each other,” he grins. “I’m more reserved and she’s outgoing. She’s supported me to pursue my goals and education, and I’m supporting her as well.” The couple recently teamed up to transition to a Whole30® diet that excludes certain foods and alcohol. Eddie was surprised to see the improvements from the diet were visible in his quality of sleep. “Seeing you got a good night's sleep makes the effects of the diet and exercise even more tangible. Before the diet change, I was waking up four or five times throughout the night; I was tossing and turning. After my wife and I started the Whole30®, my sleep became much more consistent and deeper, with much more REM sleep each night,” he smiles brightly. “I feel like I wake up with more energy. I don’t rely on caffeine as much. It changes your whole day.”

With improved sleep, Eddie is now able to pursue his two greatest passions—the outdoors and medicine—with increased gusto. “I’m pursuing a nursing degree, and I think it’s one of the greatest things you can do: Save someone’s life on a real level.” When asked if he thought UP could help others reach their health goals, Eddie agrees. “Recovering from things is painstakingly slow, especially when you’re really injured and can barely get out of bed. UP helps by making little things that are really important to health—like staying active or just getting to your feet—tangible and real.”

Eddie’s advice for people just getting started on their health journey? Keep with it and measure yourself over time. “Having the data that says, ‘I did this!’ or a heart rate that’s coming down can give you something to keep you going,” he urges. “Changes may be tiny at first, but over time they become a game-changer. Little changes become big changes over months and years. You can see it, you can track it and UP is a powerful tool to keep you with it.”