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...
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