SHED YOUR HOL­I­DAY POUNDS THE HI- TECH WAY

WE’VE ALL MADE RES­O­LU­TIONS IN THE PAST TO BE­COME FIT­TER AND HEALTH­IER, BUT TH­ESE OF­TEN FAIL. USU­ALLY, IT’S BE­CAUSE WE TRY TO DO TOO MUCH TOO SOON. WHAT MANY DON’T RE­AL­IZE IS THAT SMALL STEPS CAN BEN­E­FIT US GREATLY...

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Think about this for a mo­ment; how many steps do you think you walk ev­ery day?

Cana­di­ans, ac­cord­ing to Statis­tics Canada, av­er­age around 9,500 steps per day for men and 8,400 for women. This sounds im­pres­sive, but there is a world­wide drive to get peo­ple more ac­tive and walk­ing in ex­cess of 10,000 steps per day - and right now Cana­di­ans are fall­ing short of that bench­mark. It has been proven that tak­ing 10,000 steps per day can have sig­nif­i­cant health ben­e­fits. Those who main­tain this level of ac­tiv­ity face a much lower risk of de­vel­op­ing Type II di­a­betes and heart dis­ease, and tend to have more en­ergy, a sig­nif­i­cantly lower BMI, and can

sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce waist lines. Walk­ing is a great form of ex­er­cise that im­proves car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness, strength­ens your back mus­cles and bones, and can get you in the mind­set for other ex­er­cise and ac­tiv­i­ties down the line. Small changes can make a huge dif­fer­ence and can bring ad­di­tional ben­e­fits. Walk down to meet a neigh­bour, take the stairs in­stead of the el­e­va­tor, get off the bus a stop ear­lier and walk the rest of the way to work, walk the kids to school, or try to get out for an ex­tra walk with the dog. Of course, all this can be made an aw­ful lot eas­ier, and po­ten­tially more en­joy­able with the ad­di­tion of some hi- tech gad­getry! If you’re walk­ing on your own, it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for you to catch up on audio books, your favourite pod­casts or lis­ten to mu­sic on your smart­phone - but walk­ing is of­ten a more so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence and see­ing as how it ben­e­fits ev­ery­one, it’s def­i­nitely worth en­cour­ag­ing your friends, fam­ily and neigh­bours to join you on your daily ex­cur­sions. Like all forms of ex­er­cise, though, it’s es­sen­tial to have the right equip­ment in or­der to see the best re­sults and en­sure you’re not go­ing to do your­self any dam­age. A com­fort­able pair of shoes goes with­out say­ing, but it’s def­i­nitely worth­while in­vest­ing in an ac­tiv­ity tracker. Th­ese keep you on the straight- and- nar­row, in­di­cate your progress through­out the day, and

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