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  • The Benefits of Using a Pedometer

    Many of us live sedentary lives. Although our bodies are designed to constantly move throughout the day, we tend to sit still in office chairs for most of the day, then commute home and relax. Exercise, or even movement in general, is often an afterthought.

    One major reason as to why Australia has an overweight population is because we don't move around enough. The many prevalent medical concerns within our society are also encouraged by us living our sedentary lifestyles. Living in such a fast-paced world often means that work, family and social obligations get the better of us and reduce our desire to exercise.

    If you are seeking to lose weight, improve work productivity or improve your health in general, then you need to find a way to perform exercise on a regular basis. We're going to discuss ways to do this, and the benefits of using a pedometer to accomplish this goal.

    From my professional experience, I have found that many people seem to lack the time and desire to dedicate an hour a few days a week to an exercise programme. While this can often be overcome (as discussed within various other articles), incidental exercise should be utilised as an effective tool to assist you in achieving your goals.

    What is Incidental Exercise?

    Incidental exercise is everything outside of your "structured" training plan. So, while you may have had a professional develop an effective cardiovascular and resistance based training programme, all the additional exercise that you perform falls into the category of being "incidental". Typical examples include:

    • Walking to the shops
    • Walking up stairs
    • Movement at work

    All this additional movement throughout the day can significantly enhance your progress in terms of weight loss and general health. And the beauty about incidental exercise is that you often do not have to devote an entire "chunk" of your day to it. You simply need to get creative with your. For example:

    • Park a little further away from wherever you are going
    • Take the stairs instead of the lift
    • Take the scenic route, rather than always the most direct path

    Often you'll actually save time by finding ways to incorporate incidental exercise into your routine. The reason why many of us don't naturally do these things is because they require more physical effort, rather than being time poor.

    The Benefits of Pedometers

    Pedometers are an effective tool you can utilise to help implement conscious changes into your daily routine. A pedometer has the ability to objectify your movement and measure exactly what you're doing. In doing so, you'll be more likely to make a concerted effort toward implementing more movement into your daily life.

    Using a pedometer also helps you to set goals. A great goal would be to hit 10,000 steps a day. Then, each day, you can aim to better your previous record. This approach not only makes your routine goal orientated and purpose-driven, it also helps to create a sense of fun, excitement and enthusiasm about your exercise regime.

    Pedometers also have various other functions, such as calculating the distance travelled and calories burned. Again, these figures can be used to assist in setting goals.

    We've found that many businesses purchase pedometers as part of walking challenges. By getting employees moving, this helps to improve their work productivity and boost morale. Of course, those participating in the challenge benefit in many regards, including weight loss, health and even just a sense of accomplishment. Whether you're an employee or manager, this may be something to consider to instill a sense of excitement within the workplace.

  • Arobics versus Pedometer Based Walking for Health

    A new study from the University of Alberta reveals that aerobic fitness programmes are significantly superior to walking programs in terms of health benefits. However, walking programmes are easier, still provide benefits, and are more likely to be kept up over the long run than aerobic programs.
  • Handy Workout Accessories and Exercise Tools

    There are a number of workout accessories and exercise tools available on the market to assist you in accomplishing your health and fitness goals. These range from something as common as an iPod, to something as simple as a piece of paper to write down your results.

    Within our supplement store, we have a range of workout accessories and exercise tools to help you in enhancing your results. Here are a few of our most popular accessories!

    Workout Accessories and Exercise Tools: Pedometer

    Not long ago, we introduced our own exclusive pedometer for $7. The beauty about this little gadget is that you can monitor your activity objectively throughout the day. You no longer have to guess how active you are - it's there in black and white. This not only assists in facilitating weight loss, but it also enhances the services that a fitness professional can provide to you with this additional information at hand.

    Workout Accessories and Exercise Tools: Shaker Bottle

    If you're seeking to build muscle, you need a shaker bottle. This is actually one of our best sellers because a shaker bottle avoids those unwanted clumps in your protein powder.

    It is particularly important to consume your protein powder immediately after your workout. If you exercise in a commercial gym, this is quite difficult to accomplish with a drink bottle. A shaker bottle is much easier - pour in some water, put in your protein, put the lid on, shake and drink!

    Better yet, this is less than $5!

    Workout Accessories and Exercise Tools: Body Fat Calipers

    Body fat calipers

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