Disclosure: This post is sponsored by OZO Fitness. I received compensation in exchange for writing this post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.
The New Year is here and one of the top New Year’s resolutions is to get healthy and/or lose weight. As a personal trainer this is also the time of year that I hear not only from new clients but old clients who have fallen into bad habits, and also family and friends looking for advice. My advice is always the same, eat better, move more. Sounds simple right? But most people are surprised by the amount of physical activity needed each week/day. In this time of technology it’s pretty easy to fall short on the physical activity needed for HEALTH benefits, and until you wear some kind of activity tracker like a pedometer it’s pretty easy to ignore how little physical activity you are actually getting each day.
So exactly how much physical activity/steps are recommended each day by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? Well lucky for us, I made made this handy dandy little chart from their recommendations for you! I know I get at least the amount needed, what about you?
So heads up. Did you note the big pink banner at the top of the graphic? Notice it said for HEALTH benefits not WEIGHT LOSS? Because if weight loss is your goal you need to bump up these numbers. However today we’re taking things one step at a time, literally, and talking about health. Because seriously, here are the consequences of an inactive lifestyle….
150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity doesn’t sound like much to me, but I appreciate I’m not the ‘norm’ here. So how can you track this? I recommend a few activity tracking devices and a pedometer is a sure fire way to discover how little they are moving without spending a pretty penny. Basically they are budget friendly, and so appeal to everyone’s pocketbook!
Pedometer Physical Activity Tracking
Well wait Di, you told me I need to track time per week but a pedometer tracks steps, what gives? Well incase you’ve been living under a rock you need to know that the average steps a person should take a day is 10,000. That’s roughly equivalent to 5 miles of walking, which should more than covers you for your 30 minutes a day regardless of your intensity. You’ve heard the saying that “a mile walked is the same as a mile run” right? It’s true, because they take roughly the same steps and provide the same health benefits, they just take different durations.
So does aiming for 10,000 steps just to be healthy seems daunting? Well I’m going to share how I did on a non-exercise day using the Pedometer from Ozo Fitness. I’ve used a pedometer before and I thought this one wouldn’t be any different but I was actually pretty surprised. Firstly the price point is higher, however you get a higher quality product with a few bells and whistles. Like a better clasp to hold the pedometer in place, I’ve lost a pedometer before on a walk because it didn’t secure itself in place. No fear of that with this one. Plus, it’s blue! You know how much I LOVE blue!
See those buttons on the right? You need these to set the clock, add your weight, and stride length. Thankfully it comes with full instructions so no problems there. Having a clock on the pedometer was a novelty, as I don’t wear a watch often. The screen was nice and big too, with clear numbers. And the pedometer can easily be covered by shirt or sweater. I did a quick mile dog walk in the rain (I ‘ve tracked it previously with GPS) and was happy to see that the OZO pedometer was indeed spot on with 2028 steps, so I’d say it’s pretty accurate too!
There are few things I liked about this specific pedometer by Ozo Fitness though.
- It has a clock on the display (again this is still a novelty, maybe I need to wear a watch more often?)
- Nice clear display
- Automatically resets to zero at midnight! Wait what? Yep no need to press reset. This pedometer is smart and resets itself!
- Only starts counting after 10 steps. So those trips I take from computer to the bathroom don’t count (it’s literally 7 steps by the way!)
In all I was pretty impressed with the pedometer. Having it only count after 10 steps means a lot of general movement isn’t counted like shifting your position on the sofa for example. Other pedometers would count that as like 5 steps, which doesn’t seem much but those small movements add up. Instead this Ozo Fitness pedometer counts real activity. Plus it looks pretty stylish and I’d definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to track their activity without having to spend a lot of money , be tech savvy, or have a smartphone. You can get yours on Amazon too!
So tell me how do you track your physical activity?
Hint: My free fitness planner is a great tool to use