It’s The Steps That Count, Not The Speed
Counting steps has become more and more popular as researchers discover that when a person is actually aware of how active they are versus how active they feel, it can change the person’s mindset and view in regards to their own level of activity and ultimately, their health.
The simple act of wearing a pedometer daily, and not just when you go for a walk or to the gym–but all day long, gives you access to information that is tangible and real when it comes to showing how active you really are.
Before I started monitoring my steps, I would have told you without hesitation that “I am very active! I’m a mom, therefore I’m ALWAYS running around, and I’m exhausted at the end of the night. Therefore, I’m super active.” But as it turns out, my reality was that I would only take an average of 2,000-3,000 steps daily, when my goal was 10,000 daily. All of a sudden I started to seek out ways to increase my daily steps, for example: taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work, parking farther away from my building, using the restroom farthest away, etc.
It doesn’t have to be an expensive tool; there are many inexpensive pedometers available, but depending on your specific health needs there are also pedometers that can help you in more extensive ways as well.
My pedometer of choice is the fitbit flex.
The reasons it’s so great for me include:
1. It monitors my activity: that includes how many steps I take in a day, how many miles, and how
close I am to reaching my daily goal
2. It monitors my sleep: it shows me how long it took me to fall asleep, how long I actually slept vs. how long I was in bed, how many times I woke up in my sleep, and how many times I was restless.
3. It’s so comfortable, I hardly realize I’m wearing it.
4. It lights up: to show me easily how close I am to my daily goal.
5. It’s able to sync to other calorie counting app I already used (although the software it comes with has it’s own food log/calorie counting ability)
Knowledge Is Power. I have heard this phrase used in the business context before, but have found it most relevant in my life since using my fitbit flex, and gaining all of this valuable information about my body’s day.