Do you have trouble motivating yourself to get up and walk around during the day? It’s especially a problem for those of us who work sitting at a desk, looking at a screen. There is an effective, low-cost solution. Researchers from Indiana University find that wearing a pedometer that tracks daily physical activity can make you sit less, move more and maybe even lose a few pounds.
Volunteers aged 40 to 66 years old wore a $30 pedometer every day for 12-weeks, and downloaded their data once a week. They were able to see their patterns of movement on a graph. During the periods they showed no leg movements, they were urged to be more active, and they also got exercise and nutrition tips. It worked: Over the course of the study, the participants were much more physically active, resulting in a mean weight drop among the men and women of nearly 2.5 pounds.