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Focusing on Your Health in 2018? Consider Adding a Fitbit to Your Routine!

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Despite huge technological advances, the basic science of fitness hasn’t changed. The best rule of thumb is: Exercise more and eat less. And if you combine this philosophy with a Fitbit, you can achieve tremendous benefit from your wearable sensor.

Also known as a fitness tracker, a Fitbit can be used alone or with a friend. You can also join groups where other people can see your information and challenge you to do even better. Numerous Fitbit models are available to meet your individual preference and price range.

Best of all, research has shown that adding just 30 minutes of activity a day on a regular basis can add years to a person’s life.

How Wearable Sensors Work

To use a Fitbit, you simply slip the device into your pocket or around your wrist. It tracks your steps, as well as distance traveled, calories burned, and even your sleep patterns. The sensor then uploads this information online or to an app, so you can track your progress over time.

Make the Most of Your Fitbit

While a Fitbit offers an easy way to track your movement, passively using it won’t help improve your overall health. You need to use your data to set goals and actively improve your fitness routine.

  • A recent study found that having a step goal and being able to immediately see results helped overweight and obese users to move more. Those given pedometers increased their daily step count by 36 percent in 12 weeks. This was enough to significantly lower their blood pressure. The activity level of study subjects not using pedometers remained unchanged.
  • Use your Fitbit data to determine where you can make lifestyle changes. Turn it into actionable information. Start by getting a baseline. Use it for about a week and go about your normal routine. From there, look for opportunities to step up your exercise game, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or getting off at an earlier bus stop. Build on these changes week by week. You will soon see how even the smallest ones add up.
  • Look for trends. For instance, if you are routinely missing – or surpassing – your daily step goal, then adjust it accordingly.
  • Start slow. Fitbit comes programmed with a goal of 10,000 steps per day, as recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General. If you’re just starting out, it may be unreasonable to aim for that number right away. Wherever you are in terms of steps, slowly work your way up, increasing your count by 10 percent each week.
  • Pay attention to the number of vigorous steps you take. On the Fitbit dashboard, you can track this under the “very active minutes” label. Your sensor will measure how quickly you accumulate steps to figure out how vigorous they are. The more “very active minutes,” the better.

Like fitness improvements, changing the course and enhancing your career begins with you. At MedicalPros Recruiting + Staffing, we have all the resources you need to enhance your everyday work, life and well-being – as well as successfully develop as a professional and access the top healthcare jobs in the Northwest. Contact us today to learn more.

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