Now a days various fitness devises are being launched everyday in market, some of these are really popular, there are also many apps for cell phones which can measure and store your physical activity data. I guess there is very compelling reason why these things are so popular and I can tell this from my own experience. When I got this little devise called 'pedometer' as a gift from our company I never knew that it is going to change my life style so much. For people who don't know about this devise, pedometer measures number of steps you take by sensing motions of your body, so in one way it gives you a record of how much you move in a day. I consider myself physically active person who prefers to walk or use bicycle rather than using a car or scooter. I was under impression that walking ten thousand steps every day would be like eating a piece of cake for me but when I started using pedometer, its reading crushed by belief. When I looked at readings of my pedometer I realized how little people like me walk in their day to day lives, I was just hitting mark of six thousand steps per day. So to achieve my daily target of 10k steps I decided to walk to office at least one way rather than taking the bus and also made sure that I do some exercise at home to makeup the remaining steps. Since I can see my progress in numbers, it made me very conscious and I try to make sure that I walk enough every month or every week to complete whatever target I set for that particular month or week. This was never the case before, I used to walk or do some exercise but there was no data for me to check if I am doing enough or not. With this devise I can quantify my physical activity and believe me it made a lot of difference, basically this data pushes me to set new targets and work towards it.
Now a days we all complain about how modern technology is affecting our lives, most of the times modern technology is blamed for many bad things happening in our personal lives. Some of our health problems are also blamed on our addiction to many of these gadgets. Our more sedentary lifestyle, changed mode of communication or too much addiction to games on phone and tablets is often highlighted as a reasons for some of our problems in many discussions but at the same time it is also true that each of these things have contributed something positive to our lives. We can use these things for our own benefit, they assist us to stay informed or be more physically active, choice is really ours. Lack of enough physical activity is really a big problem for many of us in today's world. Compared to our previous generation there is lot of physical comfort in our lives, different modes of transportations are very easily accessible to our generation. Our children are going to face this problem more severely than us, this sudden change in lifestyle has created lot of health issues like obesity, high blood pressure (hypertension), type-2 diabetes and other life style related problems. Apart from unhealthy diet, lack of enough physical activity is one of the reason for these problems, we get tired without doing much physical work. Many of us don't find time because of our very busy schedules to go to gym or to do some simple exercise at home. We all think that we have some genuine reasons for our inability to spare some time for physical exercise, may be those reasons are valid but definitely we all should try to incorporate some sort of physical activity in our day to day life. Walking is one such thing which most of us can include in our day to day life, just try to walk to any place which is at walkable distance (20-30 minutes). No need to walk one hour or 10 miles per day and get really exhausted but instead of taking elevator take stairs, if destination is just couple of blocks away then walk instead of going by car, these small changes can reduce our need to take out separate time for daily physical activity. I am offering this suggestion as it worked for me, may be it is not possible for everyone to walk to office or take stairs instead of elevator, everyone has to come up with their own way of being physically active. My pedometer has helped me a lot in this case, so much that every day I am eager to see that magical 10000 number on it which indicates that target achieved for the day, it gives me some sort of happiness and next day I am on my quest to achieve that task all over again. I am sure everyone can find some driving force which can push them to become more active, after all we have to do it for our own health. Let's try to become more active and more healthy, it is good for our body as well as our mind, please remember that old saying "healthy mind resides in healthy body."
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