Fitness Trackers 101
Are you getting your steps in? Many people take as few as 1,000 to 3,000 steps per day, far below the recommended daily average of 8,000 to 10,000 steps. Fitness trackers are becoming popular as more people make an effort to lead active lifestyles.
A fitness tracker is a wearable device that tracks your physical activity throughout the day. Most models are worn around the wrist and range in appearance from a simple wristband to a stylish watch. There are several options available depending on your budget and goals. In addition to counting steps, you can use a fitness tracker to monitor your heart rate, count calories and even track sleep. Wearing a fitness tracker to monitor your physical activity can help motivate you to be more active.
3 Diets to Help You Follow Federal Dietary Guidelines
The federal dietary guidelines focus on the prevention of diet-related chronic diseases instead of just weight management alone. Here are three suggested diets designed around the guidelines to help make them more user-friendly:
Healthy American diet: A healthier version of what people in the United States typically consume, it suggests 2.5 cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruit, 6 ounces of grain, 3 cups of dairy and 5.5 ounces of protein daily.
Mediterranean diet: Heavy on protein and fruits while light on dairy, this diet suggests 6.5 ounces of protein, 2.5 cups of fruit and 2 cups of dairy daily. Like the Healthy American diet, it also suggests 2.5 cups of vegetables and 6 ounces of grain daily.
Vegetarian diet: This diet only suggests 3.5 ounces of protein daily. To replace meat and seafood, it prescribes 7 ounces of nuts and seeds, as well as 8 ounces of tofu and other soy products. It also recommends 2.5 cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruit and 6.5 ounces of grain.
*Above examples are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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