Let’s talk activity. Daily activity.
Anyone trying to be fit and healthy needs to be active throughout the day.
People are meant to move around, not sit all day (like I end up doing!)
But how do we know how much we move during the day?
Pedometers are good for seeing how many steps per day you take, or how long a walk or run is, but they just track steps.
The key to finding out how active you are (and therefore improving) is to use an activity tracker.
Activity trackers differ from pedometers in that they don’t just track how far you’ve gone, they track how often during the day you move, how fast, some track altitude, and some sync with apps to track your and display your goals and progress per day.
Without something to track how often you actually move, it’s hard to tell how active you really are during the day.
What I figured out was that during the work week (where I sit at a desk all day), I get around 6,500 steps unless I specifically go walking or jogging.
Not bad. The health consensus for the daily step goal is 10,000 steps. If I just go for a couple short walks per day, I hit the goal easily.
What surprised me was my weekends!
I already knew that I don’t do much due to the nature of my job and hobbies (computering). However, I assumed I’d be better on the weekends when not strapped to my chair all day.
Oh man was I wrong! If left to my own devices, I only get around 2,500 steps per day on the weekend!
I could see from my activity log what time I woke up, that I would then walk downstairs to my computer, later to the kitchen for breakfast and coffee, then back to my computer, then up to take a nap, etc. throughout my day.
What an eye opener! I knew I was inactive, but had no idea how bad I was until I had the logs to look at.
I knew that I would never feel healthy and fit if all I did on my weekends was lounge around even worse than when I would sit in an office all week!
Which prompted me to change.
But not only do activity trackers track your activity (obviously), but they also provide additional motivational and social support.
They (usually) come with online or phone apps to sync with, group with your friends with (the Fitbits have public and private groups to join, and weekly Leaderboards with your friends), extra point systems used on their websites, and more.
Most activity trackers feature a whole economy of support!
I prefer to sync with my games of course, so I wear the Wii’s Fit Meter, and also a FitBit because I have friends on FitBit and it syncs with my phone. I would really like to get the Nike+ Fuelband someday to use with my Nike+ Kinect Training, but Nike’s not cheap 🙁
BUT the important thing (cheap or not) is to remember that your health is the most valuable thing you could have, and taking care of it (and taking care of it now!) is one of the most important things you can do. Every day.
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