Top 5 reasons why counting steps and minutes can boost your health

Tracking your physical activity can do wonders for your health and a new study suggests that counting steps and minutes can be highly effective [1]. Here are five reasons why this simple practice can make a big difference in your wellbeing [2]:

  1. Tailored approach: One size doesn’t fit all regarding fitness. You can customize your workout routine to suit your individual needs and preferences by monitoring both steps and minutes of physical activity. Keeping track lets you find what works best whether you prefer brisk walks or intense gym sessions.
  2. Enhanced accountability: Setting goals is a great start, but tracking your progress adds a new level of achievement. Witnessing your daily step count or the minutes you’ve dedicated to being active can ignite a sense of motivation, pushing you to maintain consistency and strive for more, ultimately leading to a higher overall fitness level.
  3. Comprehensive measurement: Counting steps provides a tangible way to measure your daily activity while tracking minutes accounts for the intensity and duration of your workouts [3]. Combining both metrics gives you a complete picture of your physical exertion throughout the day, helping you make informed decisions about your health and fitness goals.
  4. Encourages movement: Knowing every step counts can enable you to incorporate more movement into your daily routine. Whether taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a stroll during your lunch break, aiming for a certain number of steps can help you break up long periods of sitting and increase your overall activity level.
  5. Complete health benefits: Regular physical activity is a treasure trove of health benefits, from enhancing cardiovascular health to uplifting mood and reducing stress. By tracking both steps and minutes, you’re improving your physical fitness and reaping an active lifestyle’s mental and emotional rewards.

This comprehensive approach to health and wellness will inspire and motivate you to track your activity today. Counting steps and minutes can be a powerful tool for enhancing your health and wellbeing. 

Combining these two metrics allows you to tailor your workouts, stay accountable and enjoy the holistic benefits of regular physical activity.

So, whether you’re aiming for 10,000 steps a day or 30 minutes of exercise, tracking your progress can help you achieve your fitness goals and lead a healthier, happier life.

Get to know more about this study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

[1] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2818632?utm_campaign=articlePDF&utm_medium=articlePDFlink&utm_source=articlePDF&utm_content=jamainternmed.2024.0892
[2] https://www.forbes.com/sites/ariannajohnson/2024/05/20/should-you-measure-workouts-by-steps-or-minutes-new-study-suggests-both-are-effective/?sh=76b6cd1f3cd9
[3] https://www.healthline.com/health-news/should-you-measure-exercise-in-steps-or-minutes

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