Technology has really taken us far – from counting our daily steps to aiding in surgical procedures.
How can we use this technology in weight loss? The very basic is the pedometer or the step counter. Isn’t it nice when you see (in real time) the progress you are making with regards to your fitness goal?
There are many devices that offer a lot of health monitors, such as smart watches. A smart watch is light and easy to wear (and stylish), but does more than tell time and count your steps – it’s also a heart monitor which can detect heartbeat irregularities. Did you know that smart watches can also measure stress level, sleep, and blood oxygen levels? Yep, it does that and the best part is it can be used to notify your emergency contacts when you need help!
So how does this help with weight loss?
Step counter – gives you an idea of your daily activeness
Heart monitor – heart health (diet, activity)
Stress level – more stress = more weight on
Sleep – better sleep = less stress = less weight on
Blood oxygen levels – activity
Take advantage of these gadgets now and easily monitor your weight and your overall health!
As wearable fitness trackers become increasingly popular, more people are taking a closer look at their daily steps. And it seems to be paying off.
According to the American Council on Exercise, people who track their steps take an average of 2,500 more steps per day than those who don’t.
If you’re one of the millions who participate in a quest to hit the commonly recommended 10,000 steps-a-day goal, your efforts won’t go unrewarded.
Regular activity, including walking, offers a number of health benefits, including a reduced risk of:
- heart disease and stroke
- high blood pressure
- certain cancers, including breast and colon cancer
A 2011 study found that healthy adults can take anywhere between approximately 4,000 and 18,000 steps/day, and that 10,000 steps/day is a reasonable target for healthy adults.
If you’re looking for a way to compare your daily steps to an activity level, consider the following categories:
- Inactive: less than 5,000 steps per day
- Average (somewhat active): ranges from 7,500 to 9,999 steps per day
- Very active: more than 12,500 steps per day
Why 10,000 Steps?
Regardless of the fitness wearable you purchase, 10,000 steps are likely the magical number that will be preprogrammed into your device. But why 10,000 steps?
Well, when you do the math, 10,000 steps works out to approximately five miles. That’s a number said to help reduce certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
Your daily step count also contributes to the CDC’s recommendation of at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
Try these tips to add more steps:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Park farther away from the door when running errands.
- Walk with a friend.
- Clean your house.
- Take a walk during breaks at work.
- Walk in the mall when the weather’s poor.