Sunday, January 6, 2013
10,005 Ways to Improve Your Health for Your Life
1. Buy a Pedometer: Buy a pedometer that measures steps, miles, calories, and aerobic steps. Some brands offer software for tracking results.
2. Short-Term Goal: Walk 10,000 steps a day.
3. Medium-Term Goal: Walk 10,000 aerobic steps a day.
4. Long-Term Goal: Walk 33,000 steps every day, one million steps a month. Sounds like too much? Don't worry, the actual goal is to increase your health and fitness with a sustainable lifestyle that is safe and applicable at any age. (Walking 33,000 steps takes about five hours and 12.5 miles, depending on your stride and terrain).
5. Walk Correctly: Stride from the butt, keep your chin parallel to ground, and move arms and legs forward, not sideways.
FitBit One Pedometer
It's small, it's silent and it downloads automatically when you walk by your computer -- or via Bluetooth to a cell phone app. You can see your steps, calories, distance, and stairs climbed on the Fitbit itself, plus you can view your results on their web site or app without subscription. It also tracks your sleep quality. It works with both Mac and PC.
Omron HJ-321 Tri-Axis Pedometer
The latest generation of pedometers uses a silent tri-axis mechanism that tolerates being tilted. No clicking or rattling. You can wear it in the traditional spot -- clipped to your waistband -- or carry it in a pocket, on a lanyard, or however else suits your lifestyle. The Omron HJ-321 counts steps, calculates distance and calories burned. It also tracks aerobic steps separately when walking or jogging more than 60 steps per minute or more than 10 minutes continuously. It resets itself automatically each day, with a 7-day memory to review past days. It comes with a security leash to ensure you don't lose it. This model doesn't upload to a computer or app, but it's big brother the Omron Hj-323U does upload via a built-in USB stick to the OmronFitness.com personal dashboard. You can use manually enter your data there if you prefer the less-expensive HJ-321.
Omron HJ-112 Pedometer
The Omron HJ-112 Pedometer was one of the first accurate pocket pedometers with a design that allows you to either wear it on your belt or waistband, or to carry it in a pocket or purse or pack. It is rated high for accuracy by a consumer testing organization. Its design allows it to be worn or to be carried in a pocket or purse. In addition to steps, miles, and calories, it tracks aerobic steps and aerobic minutes per day. This allows walkers to track lifestyle steps and dedicated walking or running steps. It has a 7-day memory for easier tracking. The mechanism is accurate and silent.