Whether you want to burn fat, boost energy, improve your daily outlook, or just be a bit more toned, walking can help. Here are some tips.
1. Nature can boost your mood and energize you in just 5 minutes. Head to a park or the woods. If the ground is uneven, you might want to pick up some trekking poles for support.
2. Walking uphill activates 25% more muscle fibers for faster firming than strolling on flat terrain
3. Simply Changing the direction you walk—forward, backward, or sideways—keeps your mind alert, increases your calorie burn, and activates underused muscles, such as your inner and outer thighs.
4. As we surround ourselves with technology, we have become less active, set timers to get up, stretch, go for a walk or simply step away from the screen.
5. Kids are also less active and since Covid, they find themselves in front of screens even more. There are great kid's fitness trackers from Fitbit and Garmin that motivate, track fitness activity and sleep patterns.
**Before you do any walking, strenuous or vigorous, please get checked out by your physician. Make sure you’re in good enough shape to begin and ask for advice on just how hard you should tackle your new lifestyle trend of getting in better health.
Track your Activity
People get excited to discover how many steps they're taking throughout their day at home or at work. Some will be surprised to discover they're not walking as much as they think they are, or maybe they're walking more than they thought. Creating a family or office challenge is a great way to stay competitive and achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Ever hear that phrase 10,000 steps a day towards a healthy lifestyle? Pedometers offer an inexpensive way to track your activity level. They are especially easy to use for seniors or children when you do not want to use a smartphone app to set up the tracker.
How to Choose?
To begin your journey searching for the pedometer you need there are several things you should know.
Pedometers can be made with 2 types of mechanics. the most accurate using an accelerometer sensor and the less accurate version using a floating pendulum system which makes a clicking when a step is taken. Pendulum pedometers also make a rattling sound when shaken.
All Pedometers or wearables trackers will record steps based on motion (even if shaken). If using a belt clip pedometer, it is best to try different positions on your waistline to determine where the most accurate results are.
Most accelerometer pedometers will have a false step elimination feature where they will not count meaningless motion until 10 steps are taken.
Pedometers can count more than steps, some will count aerobic steps, distance, calories and exercise time. Many fitness wearables (wrist activity trackers) like Fitbit or Garmin not only track steps, and daily activities, but also health features like Sleep Tracking, Stress Monitoring, Heart Rate and more. Fitness wearables also have an app to track your data.
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Kids fitness trackers can help parents and their children understand how much physical activity they are getting. Ever wonder how much sleep your child is getting? You can set up a sleep schedule with the Fitbit Ace 2, view the sleep quality, time asleep and how many times they awakened. The Garmin Vivofit Jr model comes with a free parent controlled app where you can view their fitness activities, sleep & more. The app also comes with interactive adventures where kids can earn coins based on rewards set by parents.