Fitness Trackers

Their are a lot of fitness trackers and apps out their, the nice thing about the trackers is once you make the commitment to using one it helped motivate me to keep going. After all who wants to spend a couple hundred dollars to just have it sit their on a desk mocking you?

Ten thousand steps has become a standard daily goal for step trackers, but this number is mostly an accident of history. The number comes from a small Japanese study that followed obese diabetic patients and found that those instructed to walk 10,000 steps per day (most walked closer to 20,000) lost more weight than those who managed their diabetes with diet alone and typically walked about 4,500 steps a day. “It’s not like the angels start singing when you hit 10,000,” Tudor-Locke says.

Current public health recommendations call for 150 minutes of exercise per week, which amounts to about 7,000 to 8,000 steps per day, Tudor-Locke says — about 1,000 to 2,000 more than the average American walks daily.

Research suggests that pedometers can help people improve their step counts. A review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association examined 26 studies involving more than 2,700 participants and found that “overall, pedometer users increased their physical activity by 26.9 percent over baseline.” The study also concluded that pedometer users significantly reduced their body mass index as well as their blood pressure. Setting a goal, such as 10,000 steps per day, was a strong predictor of increased physical activity.

High-tech trackers’ ability to allow users to share data online can provoke friendly competition. Combined with the friendly support of a coach or weight loss challenge these bits of technology are a great idea.