Nowadays it is quite popular to count your steps and reach that minimum of 10.000 each day.We recommend the article “Turns Out There Is Something Special About 10,000 Steps a Day” by Jay Croft if you are not familiar with this concept.
However, steps are not the only thing we can count. Other examples are: if you take enough breaks, the hours of deep sleep you get every day, or your pulse or blood pressure. “What information do fitness trackers collect?” gives readers the list of basic parameters collected and analyzed by health apps and wearables, such as wristbands or fitness watches. These tools collect a large amount of data to eventually show you colorful and illustrative graphs about your health. Moreover, it can send a notification to warn you to take a break, for example and gives you recommendations on how to improve.
Self-tracking your health may be of great importance to create awareness and for extra motivation. You can set personal goals to reach a certain amount of steps or breaks for example. It may help to boost your motivation by getting streaks or sharing your achievements with others using the apps or wearables as well. The wearables can also be useful in the office because it can remind you to drink enough water, to look away from your screen to protect your eyes,and to take enough breaks to stand up and stretch the body.
Note that it is also of great importance to listen to your body and not 100% rely on technology, especially when you increase the pressure to achieve your goals. However, the purpose of self-tracking is not only to be aware of what is happening with your physique but also to have fun without creating an extra stress. And remember, no matter how often you look at displays, nothing will change till you make a move!