Monday, 3 November 2014

# Counting steps # Pedometer

Why it pays to count your steps.

Hi there,
Have you been counting your steps on a daily basis? Did you know that this could help you monitor your daily activity levels and even more, it could help you know how many calories you burn daily and weekly, if you are trying to lose weight. 

Step counters come in many forms, shapes and devices;

Apps: There are thousands of step counting (pedometer) apps that you could download with your phones and carry about. As long as you are with your phone and you are moving, it will keep counting.  Most android phones can do this. Some even come with the app already installed. 

Devices: You could get a HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) which can count your steps, count calories burnt and even monitor your heart rate while you exercise and all through the day. This can come in a watch, bracelet or tag form.

This tool shouldn't be used by ONLY those trying to lose weight, any and everyone could benefit from this. After all exercise is good for everyone. I think it is VERY important especially for those that live a sedentary lifestyle.

Sedentary lifestyle: Where you hardly move around all day. E.g: You wake up, take your bath, dress up and head to work in your car. After work, you head back to the car and drive home. You barely make up to 1000 steps a day. The only steps you take are to your car and back, to the toilet and back. Even your lunch is served right there on your work station. (i lived this life for a long time) 

Did you know that the average person needs to take 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy? Think about this. Don't you think this contributes to the high rate of  obesity and  people are finding it more difficult to lose the extra weight. 

Tips to get in more steps during the day:
  1. When you wake up, hop or skip on the spot for about 5 mins, then go take a shower.
  2. Walk to your lunch and not the other way around.
  3. Every bathroom visit, try and put in 20 hops or skips.
  4. Right there at your work desk, while sitting, do a speed march on the spot for about 5 mins, every 2 to 3 hours.
  5. Right before you shower and go to bed, do another 5 mins of hoping or skipping on the spot. 
You will be surprised how many extra steps you just put into your day. Your heart will thank you for this. 

Download a step counter app onto your phone (check google play store), or get any of the devices in the pics above, you can comfortably wear them all through the day to help you keep tabs on your progress.

Do you use this app, has it helped your lose weight or stay healthy? Please share in the comments, i'm waiting to read them.....  Thanks a bunch!!

I love you for taking a step. God bless.

Picture credit: playgoogle

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