The Gadget that Will Keep You Stepping at Any Age

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Staying active at all ages and stages of life has a big impact on your overall wellbeing. Being active can help you avoid physical problems that come along with aging, like balance issues and weak muscles, as well as improve your heart health and blood pressure. Plus, the more you move, the better your mood and sharper your brain.
One of the easiest ways to boost your activity level is to simply get outside and walk. That said, it can be tough to stay motivated or know if you’re getting in enough steps. That’s where activity trackers can come in. Worn on the wrist or clipped to your waist, fitness trackers use something called an accelerometer to keep track of your steps, how many stairs you’ve climbed, how far you’ve gone, and time spent moving (each one varies a little, but that tends to be what they track). Strapping one on in the morning can help you boost your daily steps by more than 25 percent.
Ready to get stepping? Check out these options, which are all available through Blue365®, our members-only program that offers health and wellness products and services for less:
  • YOORX Wellness and Fitness Band: This fitness tracker allows you to log your steps, calories burned, and more. It will even keep track of the progress you’re making towards your personal goals and is waterproof to 5 meters.
  • Bellabeat: This health tracker, which looks like piece of jewelry, can be worn around your neck, wrist, or as a clip. It monitors physical activity, sleep patterns and even helps guide you through mindfulness and meditation exercises.
  • Garmin Vivofit 3: Instead of needing to be charged every few days, this tracker has its own battery that lasts a full year. It also has something called Move IQ, which monitors different activities like using an elliptical, walking or biking.
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