There is no debate: between moving and not moving, moving. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations provide information on appropriate frequency, volume and intensity for each life stage. The main thing is that every movement that has been made during the day goes beyond. So if you have to choose between sedentary and active behavior, the answer is clear.
Physical activity recommendations include not only exercise sessions to improve, increase or maintain our physical condition, but also any activity that induces energy above the basal metabolism. Therefore, physical activity includes all the activities that are carried out in our lives, such as active trips to school or work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to the store, etc. And all, as has been said, in the challenge of gaining physical activity recommendations.
In addition, technology has not stopped developing over the years and this has been extrapolated, how could it be otherwise, to devices that measure physical activity throughout the day. Among them are activity bracelets and smart watches that use sensors that can be pedometers (they only measure steps) and/or accelerometers (they measure acceleration). Currently, activity bracelets are mainly used by the non-specialist public, due to their functionality, size and price.
One of the most followed rules is the number of steps. A volume of 10,000 steps per day has been established to confirm what physical activity is worth in adults (and up to 13,000 steps for children). It should be noted that this information only refers to the amount of movement, not to the level of work required by that physical activity; and this last reason is also necessary in order to be able to evaluate the healthy benefit.
It is certain, however, that the use of a physical activity bracelet seems to contribute to the motivation to engage in physical activity. In this way, the choice of a physical activity bracelet will be motivated by different factors. This comparative table shows the main differences in features and functionality between the best selling models today:
All steps count and control different types of physical activity, GPS, measure heart rate and oxygen saturation, record sleep. Technology can help us control our physical activity in a more objective way. So get active…and rule yourself!
To be informed EL PAÍS SALUD is a space where we will talk about those aspects related to physical activity, sport and physical and mental health. Activity and sport belong to the physical culture of all civilizations and play an important role in society’s health at all levels, both physical and mental, at all ages, from childhood to old age, in both men and women. From the Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports, attempts have been made to promote scientific knowledge about the importance of movement and physical exercise in the body, as well as the processes that explain why certain adaptations, modifications, or changes occur at different times. (physiological, anatomical, motor, emotional or cognitive). For all these reasons, this space seeks to provide scientific explanations that support and justify the healthful ways of exercising and playing. Similarly, it will try to discuss and refute certain myths or false beliefs that exist in society about specific problems of physical exercise and health.
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