Besides the obvious usefulness offered by pedometers, also known as step counters, and other wearable activity devices, quantifying your workouts can help you stay motivated. Here are a few basic guidelines to purchase one of these devices.
A frequently asked question when starting out is whether the activity is enough to produce the expected results. The answer depends on accurately knowing how much or how little you’re doing. Devices, wearables, activity-tracking bracelets, even the most modest of pedometers, can provide this information and help you set your own fitness goals.
Activity devices offer a wealth of useful Information about physical performance. Not only do they count steps while walking and running, they also tell you how many calories you burn, measure sleep quality, and act as alarm clocks.
Although all can display these results on a smartphone or PC, some devices are capable of showing progress in real time. In fact, a few of these devices are totally compatible with our app so, one way or another, you’ll always have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information, enabling our program to personalize even further your routines, diet plans and goals, all under the guidance of your supervisor.
If you prefer a simpler, less expensive choice, like a pedometer, keep in mind that they will only work with exercises that involve step movement: walking, running, going up and down stairs and daily activities. To use it, all you have to do is clip it on to your waistband, throw it in your bag or place it inside a pocket, and get going.
To find out what device is best for you, take a look at the following features:
–Accuracy. Most pedometers are quite accurate and dependable when it comes to counting basic steps, but if you’re in the market for a more precise device, you should go with an activity monitor.
–Ease of use. Generally speaking, pedometers are easier to use than activity tracking devices, although it all depends on the features they include. Although more features require more setup, information is also greater and more reliable.
–Extras. Decide how much information performance you want about performance. Most devices display how much time you work out, the distance you cover and the number of calories you burn. Others can gather more data, show these in a chart or graph, and create daily and weekly reports.
–Display. Choose a evice that is easy to read under any type of light condition, both indoors and outdoors.
–Price. Typically the price (around 20 euros, or $25 US) of a pedometer depends on the amount of features it includes. Activity tracking devices can cost up to double or triple the price of a pedometer.
After settling on a specific model, use the following advice to improve your training routine:
–Establish a reference line. After putting on your device for the first time, wear it for three straight days so it can track your activity both at home and at work. Add up the total number of steps for three days, and then divide the amount by three to obtain your daily average. This will give you a reference point on which to base your future goals.
–Set a short-term goal. Once you know your daily step average you will be able to set short-term goals. For instance, if you normally take 2,000 steps during your daily routine, add 500 to 1,000 extra steps each day by setting up a weekly walking program. Go for a long walk to reach your goal all at once, or break it into ten minute walking periods throughout the day. When you’ve met one of these goals, promptly add a new one.
–Set long-term goals. Think about your overall exercise goals; your short-term goals will act as stepping stones toward these long-term goals. One example of a long-term goal could be going for a 10,000 step walk (5 miles, or 8 kilometers) a couple of times per week. Another example could involve walking faster. Just make sure that you incorporate your long-term goal into your daily routine.
–Check your progress. To find out where you stand, monitor your progress over time. Your device may include a memory function that saves your weekly or monthly step count. If it doesn’t, you can use a journal or your smartphone to keep track of your daily count. Checking your progress will tell you how close you are to reaching your goals, or if it’s time to set new ones. Now is the time to start!