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tombstone-bigFitness apps for your mobile device are readily available for download to track various data not only appealing to the fitness buff but also to those just starting out on the road to a more active, healthy lifestyle. There are apps for tracking walking, running, cycling, workouts, weight loss, heart rate, etc. The list is endless. The best thing is most of these are free. Which brings me to question Read the rest of this entry

Spark trackingIf you scour the internet for forums, discussion boards and customer reviews on pedometers, the top question and concern mentioned over and over again for those looking to buy a pedometer is regarding its accuracy.

Generally, the accuracy of an acceptable pedometer should have an error rate of 10% or less. However, many factors need to be considered, such as the type of pedometer, how it is worn, the make and model of the pedometer and user input. Read the rest of this entry

couch-potatoI came across a funny quote I wanted to share. “Some exercise researchers say we’re naturally sedentary creatures, evolved to be couch potatoes long before there were couches (or potatoes).” Ain’t it the truth? Our dependency on cars doesn’t help either.

Walking is the easiest and simplest exercise you can do to get out of your inactivity rut. You don’t need to join and pay monthly fees to a gym or buy expensive exercise machines. All you need is a decent pair of walking shoes and a pedometer and you can incorporate activities you do every day like grocery shopping or climbing stairs. Read the rest of this entry

leonardodavinciI was curious to know who is credited with inventing the pedometer. I must say I did not expect to find what I discovered in my research. There is a whole slew of people involved and the answer is not clear cut at all. The Swiss, the English, the French and the Americans all claim to have invented the pedometer. It seems this would be a case even Sherlock Holmes would find hard to solve!

Did Leonardo da Vinci Invent the Pedometer?

Leonardo da Vinci is generally given credit for coming up with the original concept of the pedometer. Going all the way back to the 15th century, paintings by da Vinci show a device that was used by the ancient Romans for military purposes to calculate the approximate daily distance the troops had traveled on foot. Read the rest of this entry

yay-7373814Mention the words “10,000 steps” and unless you have been living under a rock for a few decades, you will instantly know they are referring to the daily walking activity level recommendation advised by major health authorities in order to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

But why the number 10,000? Why not 14,323 or 7,615? Who came up with that number and where, when and how? So I donned on my investigative reporter hat in search of the answer to its origin. Read the rest of this entry

simple.b-dis-jpg.ha14bda3b3e3bd6c06a64b46a34a11538.packFitbit issued a voluntary recall of the Fitbit Force Wristband Activity Tracker on February 21, 2014 offering a refund to its customers. On March 12, 2014 the Consumer Product Safety Commission made it an official recall. This means that Fitbit legally can no longer sell the Force nor can anyone else sell or resell it. The models affected are FB402BK, FB402BKS, FB402SL and FB402SLS.

The CPSC advised Fitbit to inform their Force customers of the recall via its popular Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as their forum and to contact affected customers directly. Read the rest of this entry