Saturday, 1 September 2012

One Step at a Time

It is estimated that the worldwide death toll from lifestyle related health conditions, mainly diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, obesity, cancer and cardiovascular disease is 36 million premature deaths per year, more than 60% of the total death toll. Further, 80% of the deaths from these non-communicable diseases are in developing countries. Statistics are pretty scary!!

However, solution is simple. As per WHO, just thirty minutes of daily physical activity will keep you away from these chronic diseases.

The bigger question is how to stay active and more importantly, when can I be called “active”?

Australia is one of the countries, which has made national level programs to help citizen get active. As per their research, if a person is clocking less than five thousands steps (5,000) per day, he/she can be classified as non-active lifestyle. Anything above that helps you move towards active lifestyle. Ten thousands steps (10,000) per day are ideal for an adult between the age group of 25-50 years. And people who are clocking 10,000 steps every day have 50% less chance of death from chronic disease.

If we can plan to add steps in our daily chore like walking from parking lot to office building, helping in domestic work, walk to our colleague’s cubicle for a discussion, catching a bus, take a short stroll during lunch time, climb the stairs at home/office, walking to a nearby grocery store etc., it is possible to cross 5,000 steps per day and then slowly increase it to an optimum level. Adding buddy(s) with you can help staying on course.

You do not have to make an unrealistic resolution, which hardly has a life. Weaving physical activity in your chore, measuring it and expanding the scope of each activity is a practical and smarter approach.

2mpower has engineered a simple and scientific program, aptly named as GetActive ( It helps you measure your daily steps with a sleek & smart device, conveniently tucked in your body. Device transports your data on cloud, which can be viewed anytime/anywhere. Your personal dashboard engages you with your friends creates interesting challenges and rewards you for good work. This helps achieve desired outcome of improved health and energy.

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