Do You Really Need Another Fitness App?I'm not a curmudgeonly Luddite. Far from it. However, after reading an article in the New York Times a while back -- "A Monitor of Health, Worn Lightly" -- by technology writer David Pogue, I was mentally exhausted and ready to dump both my iPhone and UP by Jawbone in the garbage. Instead, I got down on the floor and did 20 push-ups. Pogue started the article with this newsflash:
"Maybe you've heard. We Americans are not, ahem, the very models of physical fitness. We're overweight, underexercised and underslept. We don't need more studies to remind us that being so fat, lazy and tired is bad for our mood, productivity and health. What we need is to change our ways."He's right, of course, but Pogue should have included this bit of information, as well: Being physically unfit, which often leads to poor health, is the No. 1 biggest financial risk as we age. There are myriad reasons why moving our bodies every day should be as integrated into our lives as brushing our teeth:
- Better general health
- Weight management
- Deters many diseases, including some cancers
- Sounder sleep
- Improved health numbers (cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.)
- Walk 10,000 steps every day -- That's how many steps we should take every single day, and each step you take is one step closer to better health. Build up to it if you need to, and try adding some gentle running into your walking program. Go at your pace, but keep going.
- Get a pedometer -- If you feel the need to monitor your activities, especially in the beginning, get a simple, inexpensive pedometer, which is all you need to count every step. Don't be coerced into buying one that offers other information. All you need to know is how many steps you've walked or run. If you have an iPhone, there's an "app" for a pedometer.
- Find reasons to walk every day -- Walk to work, park your car farther away, take the stairs. You know how to do this.
- Tell everyone you know that you're starting a fitness program -- Go towww.stickk.com, where you can make a public proclamation about your intentions. The more people you tell, the more you will be motivated to start -- and stick to -- your program.
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