What’s the Best Way to Track Physical Activity?
An important metric coaches and trainers will want to capture is how active your client is throughout their day. Nearly every smartphone available today has a pedometer built into it; for those without a smartphone, the traditional type of pedometer can also be used, including those built into heart rate monitors.
Using Technology to Track Activity
As you can guess, we want to find out how many steps are recorded each day. This will give you a glimpse into whether your client is sedentary, moderately active, or more. Smartphone apps will calculate how many steps are taken throughout the day and will give guidance on what daily metrics are to be factored into any calorie intake advice you provide a client. This is typically represented as mileage total. Some apps will also indicate the number of calories burned by the user. Most of the present-day apps in use tend to set a common goal of 10,000 steps per day for optimal health; this is difficult for many to accomplish, especially professionals who work in office environments.