The Activity Factor

On average, a person accumulates about 6,000 steps per day.  If you have a desk job or drive around all day, you may be surprised at how little activity you get throughout the day.

Walking more has been shown to help prevent and manage diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It helps with weight maintenance and is also a great way to help relieve mental stress. Going for a 10 minute walk can help clear your mind if you’re mentally fatigued.  I also find it to be a good time to brainstorm. The next time you feel the need for a 10 minute break – go for a walk and reap it’s benefits!

Activity trackers, like Fitbit or Misfit (which looks more like a bracelet) are a good tool to have up your sleeve to monitor how active you are during the day.  Some track basic steps while some track your heart rate and monitor your sleep as well.

When I use to work in research, our participants wore accelerometers attached to an elastic belt. It’s FUN for me to see these things come mainstream where anyone has access to these tools.

My activity tracker is built into my Apple watch and its just something I don’t take off until bedtime when it’s time to charge it.  10,000 steps (which is equivalent to about 5 miles)  is a great goal from everyone to work towards (12,000-15,000 steps if your goal is weight loss). Try increasing your steps by 2000 at a time to start.

Here are a few things to try:

1. Make time for a 30 minute walk each day.

2. If you can’t fit in 30 mins, take a 10 minute walk once or twice a day.

3. Park father away at work or while running errands.

4. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

5. Every hour, get up and walk around for a few minutes. My watch will notify me if I’ve been sitting for 50 mins and suggest I more around.

6. If walking sounds too boring, turn on music and have a dance party!

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