Recently I came across a call to keep healthy by walking 10,000 steps per day. Initially I thought it was relatively easy to achieve. I decided to give it try. I have a pedometer but decided that since I have my phone with me most of the time, I might as well get an App to make my phone a pedometer.
I looked at a few apps but found AccuPedo to be the one most suitable for me because of the following reason:
- It provides both steps as well as a calorie count.
- It has a widget which makes it easy to switch it to pause mode. You need to do that when driving in order to avoid counting the movement of the car as steps.
- The battery usage on my phone is minimal.
- It counts my steps with minimal intervention from me. I just need to make sure that the phone is in my pocket when I walk around.
After trying this for a few days, I found that I only managed to exceed the 10,000 steps threshold when I ran on my treadmill. I used the nike plus app at the same time as the accupedo since it is running as a service in the background much like all other services on the phone. Sadly, the nike plus app failed after my run so I did not have my last run recorded on my nikeplus record but the run/walk was recorded in the AccuPedo.
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From what I have seen so far, I do an average of 5000+ steps in a day when I am working. Will need to see how many steps I do during the weekend or when I am on leave. However, I found that if I just walked, I am not able to increase my heart rate which helps with my migraine.