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With New Year’s resolutions for better health and weight loss on everyone’s minds, fitness wearables and trackers are a popular choice to help one’s quest for success. Fitness trackers and wearables – such as FitBit, Jawbone, Garmin, Misfit and even our phones – can help us count our steps, watch our caloric intake and challenge our friends in who can get the most steps. Their increased use of fitness trackers across all age groups is believed to help give us that extra motivational push we need to stay on track with our New Year’s resolutions.
The suggested goal of 10,000 steps a day – encouraged by many fitness trackers – comes from a study done by Dr. Yoshiro Hatano in the 1960s. The study found that walking an estimated 10,000 steps a day would be enough to burn off about 20% of the average daily caloric intake and promote health benefits. This goal is in line with the US Surgeon General’s current recommendation of accumulating 150 minutes of activity per week, which translates to about 30 minutes, 5 days a week. The average adult takes only 3,500-5,000 steps a day, so striving to reach 10,000 steps is certainly a step in the right direction!
Carrie Jaworski, MD, Directory of Primary Care Sports Medicine at NorthShore, believes that a fitness tracker can be a great way to jumpstart your fitness routine and improve your overall health.
Dr. Jaworski offers some tips when using a fitness tracker:
Do you have a fitness tracker? How has it helped you with your New Year’s resolutions?