You love your job. You don’t love that it has you sitting in front of a computer screen all day. You’re not really a morning person, so hitting the gym at 6:00 a.m. isn’t realistic. On the other hand, you’re not a night owl either. What’s a sedentary employee to do?
Activity trackers are a burgeoning fitness trend ideal for a busy employee. Often devices or mobile apps, these discrete companions monitor and track fitness-related measurements such as walking or running distance, calorie consumption, heart-rate, and quality of sleep.
The idea is that access to this information will motivate you to get the exercise and sleep you need to remain healthy and happy.
Kick Up Your Heels
FitBit is an activity tracker that records your every step. This stylish wristband recommends taking 10,000 steps a day to achieve optimal health and weight control.
That may seem like a lot—but have you ever wondered how many steps you typically take in a day? Between daily jaunts on the subway, treks up and down staircases, and strolls along your workplace corridors, you may discover that you are halfway there already.
You Love a Good Challenge: Set Your Goals
Knowing your average daily steps will help you set new goals for yourself. Many trackers send their “clients” summaries of their daily activities and recommend new goals you can adopt with a simple click.
You might find these are as easy as taking a promenade around the block during your lunch hour or walking ten blocks to the next subway stop at the end of your day. Other types of workouts, such as cycling, weightlifting, swimming, dance, zumba, and yoga can be easily logged in an app that coordinates with your tracking device.
Track Your Sleep
Devices such as the UP Move have a special “Moon” setting. Clicking on the moon allows it to track the length of time it took you to fall asleep, the number of times you woke up throughout the night, and the number of hours spent in light versus deep slumber. This information can help you decide what lifestyle changes will help you start each day refreshed.
Our advice: start with a simple device and see how quickly you ramp up your level of physical activity. You can always upgrade once you’re hooked.
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