Use Technology to Start the New Year on a Fit Note

Technology comes with a host of benefits; we’ve got a few suggestions to help you use your electronic device to support a healthy lifestyle.

Perhaps you had a sleek new electronic device on your holiday wish list, and you have just what you need for a healthy start in 2014. Technology updates make our lives easier in all kinds of ways, and they can help us stick to our New Year fitness resolutions too. Whether you are new to the idea of an exercise program or a seasoned athlete, there are a number of ways for you to use technology to plan your fitness routine, chart your progress, or simply keep yourself motivated as you exercise.

Schedule your workouts.

You are already using computer programs and apps to plan your week. Don’t forget to schedule time for exercise. A variety of programs and websites can help you to plan your workouts in advance, and chart your fitness progress over time.

Music is a great motivator.

An mp3 player is a terrific way to enhance motivation during your exercise program. Listening to music while you exercise helps you to focus and to fend off boredom. You can also use your mp3 player to catch up on the news, watch your favorite television program, or catch a newly released movie while you work out.

Track your progress.

Digital distance trackers, like pedometers, will help you monitor how many steps you take in a day, and how many you need to take to reach your goals. According to research in healthy adults, here are some guidelines to help you set your objectives:

  • Under 5,000 steps per day: this reflects a sedentary lifestyle
  • 5,000 to 7,500 steps per day: typical of a “low active” lifestyle
  • 7,500 to 10,000 steps per day: the goal for a “somewhat active” lifestyle
  • More than 12,000 steps per day: you have a “highly active” lifestyle

Whether you are planning, listening, or tracking your workouts with the assistance of an electronic device, the technology in your hand can help you into a healthier new year.

 

 

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