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Interesting walking facts

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From Wendy Baumgartner at About.com’s Walking section:

If you add just 2000 more steps a day to your regular activities, you may never gain another pound. So says research by Dr. James O. Hill of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. To lose weight, add in more steps.

Move More
Sedentary people in the USA generally move only 2000-3000 steps a day. Previous studies have shown that moving 6000 steps a day significantly reduces risk of death, and 8000-10,000 a day promotes weight loss.

How far is 2000 steps? It is about a mile. But the benefits for health and for weight management don’t depend on you walking a mile all at one time, but simply adding in more steps throughout the day. . .

The post continues, discussing pedometers. I have to say, though, that the Fitbit Ultra has been delightful. It’s quite light—it weighs less than half an ounce: 0.4 oz. And you can clip it to your pyjama sleeve (or use the comfortable wristlet) and wear it while you sleep, which gives you this sort of information:

Being an old guy, I get up at night to pee—and I don’t require much sleep nowadays. (I note, BTW, that normally I fall asleep in 6-8 minutes—last night was an exception.)

It also tracks ascents (e.g., walking up hills), which it translates into “flights of stairs”. Altogether I’m very happy with this. You also have access to a food log, activity log, weight tracker (and you can link it to the Withings site so it automatically reflects info from the wireless Withings scale).

This is head and shoulders about any pedometer I’ve had.

Written by LeisureGuy

29 March 2012 at 8:34 am

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  1. Soon you’ll be able to upload vital stats directly to your PCP via mobile health technology. Scary stuff.
    Anna

    annaldavis

    29 March 2012 at 9:04 am

  2. As a diabetic, I got to thinking that soon some endocrinologists will prescribe a device like this for patients, requiring them to maintain the various logs, and thus be able to review patient compliance between office visits—most easily done, I imagine, via some tracking program that can flag for the physician’s attention patients who are out of compliance with the regimen. 🙂

    LeisureGuy

    29 March 2012 at 9:07 am


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