Apart from running, walking has become my favourite activity ever since I got my Omron Pedometer. This baby gets me excited to walk more as it is fun to try and achieve 10,000 steps on the pedometer everyday. As a result, I challenge myself to go more than 10,000 steps a day because it gives me a sense of achievement and satisfaction.
The 10,000 program is just what we need in Malaysia. It is sad to see that people merely exercised by giving excuses like my lifestyle is too hectic. Sometimes, the only exercise the current generation get is scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, and texting.
If you find it hard to move from your desk to your sport shoes to go out for a short run, don’t fret, there are many wearable technologies will make staying active become a lot more exciting. For instance the Fitbit, Xiaomi Mi Band, and Jawbone.
Wearable devices have taken the health world by storm. Rock Health expect that the sales of wearable devices will surpass $50 billion annually by 2018. With all the mushrooming numbers of wearable devices in the market, let’s take a look at how these six successful people have benefited from these tracking their fitness with wearable tech.
Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore Prime Minister
In his recent Facebook Q&A session, he replied a question regarding his Jawbone Up band. PM Lee has been seen spotted on wearing Jawbone UP 24 to keep track on steps taken. He stated, “I sleep 6-7 hrs a day, and walk on average 7000 to 8000 steps. Once in a while I do more than 10000 steps, and the app sings and dances!”
Justine Ezarik, YouTuber
Justine, who is better known as iJustine, is a YouTuber who usually talks about technology and gadgets in her channel. She has reviewed a number of wearable devices before, such as the Nike+ FuelBand and Fitbit. I personally like the one where she talked about Nike+ Fuel Band, she stated that she bought this for herself as a Christmas gift. In addition she also said that working out with the Nike+ Fuel Band accompanied with the Nike + Kinect Training is much cheaper than hiring a personal trainer.
George Osborne, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer
The Chancellor has been pictured wearing his electronic wristband, a Jawbone UP device. Telegraph reported that the wristband had been given to him as a present for his 42nd birthday. He explained that he uses it to tell him how many calories he has burnt when he jogs.
Speaking at a Westminster lunch, he told reporters, “It measures how far you walk but it also measures your sleep patterns – deep and light sleep – and I was pleased to note yesterday that Michael Gove was also wearing one.” He declined to share the readings from the device, but when asked about how he slept the previous night, he replied: “I always sleep well.”
Katy Perry, Singer
Katy revealed that Jawbone UP activity tracker is one of her workout obsessions. “I’m really obsessed with getting my steps in now,” the songstress told People. “You create a team and everybody’s competitive about who gets the best steps in and it also tracks your sleep.”
Gabby Douglas, Gymnast
During her interview with espnW, she mentioned about two gears that she can’t live without: HypericeUSA ice compression wraps, and of course her Nike+ FuelBand activity tracker. She continued. “I love keeping track of my progress after I have worked out. I always challenge myself to exceed my fuel points.”
Kelly Latimer, TV Host
Kelly Latimer, a TV host and sports presenter based on Singapore is a fan of Nike+ Fuel Band. She told Straits Times, “I find it useful in motivating myself to get off my butt and do something about it.” She described wearing a Fuel Band to monitor her daily activity is important to keep track on her goal.
There is a classic Chinese saying from Confucius which goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. By taking little steps forward, implementing routines on things that you want to achieve, these seemingly small steps are actually the keys to help you to get to your stepping goal faster.