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Monitor Physical Activity with a Fitness Tracker
Wearable technology fitness trackers are becoming more popular as people make an effort to lead active lifestyles.
A fitness tracker is a wearable device that tracks physical activity throughout the day. Most models are worn around the wrist, and they range in appearance from a simple wristband to a stylish watch. Fitness trackers can count steps, monitor heart rate, add up calories and even track sleep. A number of options are available to accommodate a wide variety of budgets and fitness goals.
A fitness tracker can be especially useful for monitoring progress with a new exercise routine or weight loss program. Wearing a fitness tracker to monitor your physical activity can help motivate you to be more active and reach your fitness goals
Sleep and Your Health
Many people fall short of the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. With busy schedules, it may be tempting to stay up late, but sleep is an important factor in overall health. A good night’s sleep allows bodies to rest, repair cells and fight off illness.
The body undergoes certain changes during sleep. Heart rate and breathing slow, body temperature drops, and yet the brain remains incredibly active. In fact, sometimes the brain is even more active during REM sleep (a state of deep sleep usually associated with dreaming) than it is during the normal waking state.
Insufficient sleep can cause many negative side effects, including drowsiness, loss of productivity and impaired judgment. In addition, losing sleep can affect mood and increase the risk of accidents and injury. Long-term side effects of not getting enough sleep include weight gain, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Your lifestyle, your schedule and stress can affect how much sleep you get each night. However, if you are having trouble sleeping, there are several steps you can take:
- Stick to a schedule to help regulate your body’s internal clock.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.
- Establish a relaxing bedtime routine, such as reading.
- Keep the TV out of your room as bright light can interfere with your natural sleep cycle.
- Have comfortable bedding and pillows.
- Keep your bedroom temperature between 60 and 67 degrees.
Getting enough sleep will boost your immune system and help you stay alert and productive throughout the day. With cold and flu season just around the corner, it’s now more important than ever to make sleep a priority.
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