Literally everyone has jumped on the Fitbit bandwagon. We wear them like they’re jewelry (even when they totally don’t match your outfit) and faithfully monitor our daily number of steps because we want to be healthier right? Women are walking around the break room at lunch just to hit those 10,000 steps and the men take the long way back from taking the garbage out. But I have to shed some light on this new trend. Walking is not going to make you drop that pesky 20lbs you can’t get rid of and it is not strengthening your heart to avoid high blood pressure and heart attacks. The point of exercise is to raise your heart rate, so your heart becomes a stronger muscle and is able to last longer. Increasing your heart rate is also a must if you want to lose weight too.
Now I’m not hating on the step counters here because I do believe doing something is better than nothing. A body in motion stays in motion. So, if you choose to take the stairs over the elevator to get your steps in, that’s awesome! And if you are walking instead of sitting in front of the TV munching on potato chips, fantastic. I’m all for the motivation to get up and do something active. But we are seeing patients give too much credit and have expectations too high for the results of reaching 10,000 steps a day.
So, if you are ready to take the next STEP and do more for your body, here are some great activities to start:
While performing any of the above, it is best to monitor your efforts with a heart rate monitor strap. This is worn at the level of your heart, so it will give you the most accurate reading rather than down at your wrist, which is far from your heart. We use the MYZONE heart rate monitors here at Back to Health of Anthem and I highly recommend them. They monitor heart rate, effort levels, and calories burned so you always know the results of a workout. Plus, they keep track of all of your workouts in a convenient app on your phone. So, when you’re cheating a little on your healthy lifestyle with some ice cream, you don’t’ feel too guilty because you know you burned 600 calories earlier. I’m all about justification obviously lol.
Make an appointment with us today to get an extensive evaluation of your current health status and to get involved with our Functional Training Center. We have trainers who have per-programmed workouts for all fitness levels so you can put those MYZONE belts to work! Whether your goal is to lose weight, improve mobility, or further the progress you’ve made in the gym so far, don’t put your health off for another day, call and schedule now at 623.551.6677!
*AZ Chiropractic License Pending*
Dr. Brian Hester, originally from Alabama, graduated from Life University in 1999 with his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He moved to Anthem, Arizona in 2003 and opened his wellness center. Dr. Hester's mission is to provide people in the North Phoenix area, with the tools they need to identify stressors in their life and the underlying causes of their health challenges. With Dr. Hester as a health partner, patients can make positive lifestyle changes and take control of their lives...... see more
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