Stay Fit With Your Smartphone

Learning to adapt to the recent way of life can be tiring, right? I mean, having to stay in and safe so as to not contact a deadly virus😅. Many of us would rather move on with our previous ways of living but we’re a little too chicken to step out because within our minds, we know the virus is real and walking around with the warm hands of death as its ally.

The other day, I tried to indulge y’all in ways to avoid boredom by playing games and I do hope that is working out well for whoever needed it. It’s the rainy season in Nigeria, so it’s difficult to take a few steps without having to run so as to avoid the beatings of rain. Yesterday, I went to buy “stuff” a few blocks away from home and it began to rain, of course it did, the universe is always against me. I really hate getting drenched so, I tried to run. 😒 “Tried” is the key word there because I definitely did not run. A few seconds into “trying” to run and I was out of breath. It really is not a new thing for me because there’s this fight Moi and exercise are always having. We just can’t stay together, no matter how I try.

Thing is, I felt out of breath and I really couldn’t breathe well for a few minutes. If people were around, it really would have been a sad scene 😂. So, today, Imma be writing about keeping fit or in my case “trying” to keep fit. Being able to sprint for a few minutes and not collapse sounds cool, doesn’t it? Yeah… It does. But you’re currently home and barely moving a muscle because there isn’t much to do. And now, you’re growing a pot belly because all you do is sit, eat, watch movies and play games, right? The importance of “working out” and staying fit is clear and it takes a whole lot of commitment and strength which is why a lot of people quit in the process. Here’s a very cool way to go about “exercising”. “PEDOMETERS”.

Pedometers are portable devices that are either electronic or electromechanical that aid in counting steps; steps a person takes by detecting the motion of the individual’s hands and hips. So, you could walk around, burn calories and not worry about counting steps ” because pedometers help you calculate your steps which can be a good and easy way to exercise. Usually used for sporting activities, pedometers are now used in the everyday life of exercise enthusiasts. It records the amount of steps a particular wearer has taken each day per kilometre or mile. Step counters can give encouragement to compete with oneself in getting fit and losing weight. Step counters are being integrated into an increasing number of portable consumer electronic devices such as music players, smartphones, mobile phones and watches (activity trackers).

Through the use of a Pedometer, physical activity can be enhanced, allowing people track their daily count step and heart beat. Pedometers have been shown in clinical studies to increase physical activity, and reduce blood pressure levels and Body Mass Index. The pedometer is very light and portable and comes with a clip that makes it easy for you hook to your sports wear.

The technology for a pedometer includes a mechanical sensor and software to count steps.

iOS products usually have inbuilt pedometers embedded in them. Products include the iPhones and Apple watch. In the phones, to use the pedometer, you have to turn it on. Here are the steps;

  • Open Health app and go to the “Health Data” tab
  • Tap on “Fitness” and enable the three currently functional sections:
  • Select “Walking + Running Distance” and flip the switch for “Show On Dashboard” to the ON position
  • Choose “Steps” and toggle “Show On Dashboard” to ON
  • Go to “Flights Climbed” and flip the same “Show On Dashboard” to ON
  • Tap back to the “Dashboard” tab in Health app to see the three functions and their respective charts.

After the Pedometer is activated, technically, you’d have to move, do activities which will fully enable it and see the statistics change.

Android phones on the other hand can download tons of applications in this regards, depending on the preference of the user. The most common Pedometer app is Google Fit. Google Fit is a good start for step counter apps. It keeps track of a lot of stuff, including steps, time active, and more. The app also supports all Wear OS smartwatches. Additionally, the app integrates with other apps, including Runkeeper, Strava, MyFitnessPal, Lifesum, Sleep as Android, and many others.

Google Fit does a relatively decent job of being a pedometer. The more information you enter into the Google Fit app from general data like your height and weight, to specifics about an activity you’re performing the better the app can analyze your fitness. Google Fit can be downloaded on an Android or iOS device.

It makes some mistakes but that should not bother us because other apps have tiny issues in them. Pedometer apps in general just aren’t as reliable as you get with hardware. In any case, Google Fit is completely free with no in-app purchases or ads.

How to set up Google Fit: 

  • When you first open the Google Fit app, you should take the time to enter information about yourself, starting with your height and weight.
  • Next, you input the activities you’d like to participate in. On the app’s home screen, tap the colorful plus (+) symbol, then hit “Add activity.”
  • Now tap the little arrow beside the activity selected (“Aerobics” is the default) to choose from options including basketball, golf, open water swimming, and squash.

Each time you complete a given activity, enter the time you began and stopped, so Google Fit can calculate the calories you burned. The more you use Google Fit, entering information about your activities, sleep, and body stats, the better the app can help you plan and meet fitness goals. When you pair the app with a tracker that adds calorie burning stats, heart rate, and other data, you’ll get an even more accurate survey of your progress.

See? It doesn’t sound half as bad as those “fitness trainers” make it look, does it?

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