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The Right Way To Get Started With Activity Tracking

You can learn a lot from activity tracking—even if you just track your steps.

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If you’re a runner or aspiring runner, you probably already track your activity level using technology. This can yield valuable data you can use to improve your overall fitness. Wearable technology is more than just a trend—it’s a genuine game-changer for people who want to get fit and stay in shape.

An activity tracker can provide insights into your activity levels and point the way to opportunities for improvement, but distinct devices can become pricey and multiple apps for all your activities can become hard to keep track of, that’s why the Argus app, on both iOS and Android, stands out.

Argus provides many types of data, including number of steps, a heart rate monitor, and sleep tracking capabilities so you can wake up in your lightest sleep. Even will all of these exciting features, the basic tracking capabilities available in Argus including the number of steps you take and the time you spend being active during your typical day, will give you great insights on how you can increase your overall activity. Here’s how:

Using the Step Tracking Function

Step tracking is one of the most popular activity tracker functions, and many users aim for the 10,000-step goal recommended by organizations like Shape Up America! For people who are fairly active and in good health, 10,000 steps a day is absolutely a reachable goal.

According to the CDC, it’s best to increase steps gradually and set sustainable objectives instead trying to achieve an arbitrary number of steps daily. Try using Argus for a week or so without changing your routine to see what your averages are. From there, you can gradually increase your activity and work your way up to your goal.

If you find that your average is 5,000 steps per day, try to increase it during the following week so that you’re taking an average of 7,000 steps daily. A mile is approximately 2,000 steps, so you’ll be adding about a mile of walking to your daily routine. From there you can bump up your goal each week until you reach your 10,000-step objective. At that point, you’ll be burning about 400-500 more calories by walking the equivalent of five miles per day, depending on your fitness level and body mass.

If your initial week of step tracking tells you you’re already taking 10,000 steps per day, increasing your steps even more can improve strength and endurance even through daily activities. If you’re a in shape and a high achiever, you can increase the number of steps so that you’re taking an average of 15,000 steps daily—on top of your running and exercise.

Using the Time Active Features

A growing body of research suggests that sitting too long is terrible for your overall health—even if you exercise regularly. Runners are general fit and active, at least for part of the day. But if you’re sitting at a desk for hours every day at work, research shows that can adversely affect your well being, despite the time you spend exercising.

With your activity tracker, you can get a realistic view of when you are both active and inactive. As with step tracking, it’s best to start off measuring your daily routine. Once you’ve generated a week’s worth of data, you can pinpoint the times of day when you’re most active and where you should change your routine to avoid sitting too long.

It’s easier than you might think to increase your active time throughout the day. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car farther away from the entrance so you have to walk more, and you can get up from your desk every hour and walk around for a few minutes. All of this will quickly add up. Even moving an additional 20 minutes daily can significantly reduce your risk of health consequences from too little activity.

Even runners who are in great shape can have unrealistic notions of their activity levels throughout the day, but wearable technology provides quantifiable data. The important thing is to use the data wisely. Argus and other activity trackers can help you generate the data you need to make better decisions about your health. So what are you waiting for? Do more!

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