Did you know you can buy a little device that will help you lose weight? More than just a step-counting gimmick, a pedometer offers considerable health benefits.
The pedometer is a small device that, when attached to your waistband, senses your body motion and counts the number of footsteps you take. The step count is then converted into an approximate distance after judging the usual length of your stride.
When programmed properly to match your stride and when worn correctly, any decent pedometer should be accurate in its count if you experiment with where to place it on your body for optimal results.
You can choose from a variety of simple step-counting pedometers. Techies can step up to multifunction models that not only count steps but also include calorie estimates, clocks, timers, speed estimators, stopwatches, pulse rate readers and even a seven-day memory feature.
Any device that encourages people to get off the sofa and move around delivers instant health benefits. Something about the way a pedometer keeps track of the distance being walked fascinates and encourages people to keep moving.
"The use of a pedometer is associated with significant increases in physical activity and significant decreases in body mass index and blood pressure," according to a scientific study published in the November 2007 Journal of the American Medical Association.
The question is whether these changes continue over the long term. So other researchers looked into a database of published scientific studies dealing with the use of pedometers. Any study that used pedometers by participants suffering from obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol was evaluated. In all, 26 studies that met their criteria.
The researchers learned that those who used a pedometer for an average of 18 weeks increased their daily number of steps by more than 2,000, based on their steps at the start of the program or when evaluated against non-pedometer control groups. This increase in daily steps meant an increased physical activity level of 26.9 percent. As a result, pedometer users reduced their cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
No conflicting data refutes the health benefits of walking; therefore, a pedometer can become a motivational tool. In addition to improving cholesterol and blood pressure, by adding more steps every day to your routine, the considerable health benefits of a pedometer include losing weight, improving overall fitness and strengthening your heart.
Whether you are an avid biker or beginning a new fitness program and looking for a low-impact way to start exercising, an exercise bike is the perfect addition to your exercise regimen. Considering the type, design and special enhancements available will help you find the right exercise bike for your household and exercise needs.
Look for home gym equipment that uses weight stacks, if serious toning and increased muscle mass are your goals. Home fitness gyms with resistance bands are better for people following weight-loss programs that include a strength-training component or anyone new to fitness.
The number of choices available can easily overwhelm those seeking to buy the best home gym for the money today. With prices, styles, and quality varying greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer (and model to model), it's no wonder that finding the best home gym equipment can be so complicated.