I can also up the minuets as each week goes by, by about five to ten minutes more. As mentioned before the nutritional goal to add more fruits and vegetables in my diet would be to substitute unhealthy foods for healthy foods while eating out. Also I can purchase more of these foods so I will have them to eat at home. Actions that can be taken for using the pedometer would be to lay the pedometer by my bed or next to my shoes. This way it is right where I need it and it will be a constant reminder to put it on before I start each day. For making a list of foods to buy before going to the grocery store would be to set aside some time to sit down and think of the foods that are interesting and healthy to me before i make my list out. I can also go through my pantry and find foods that I do not have so much of. This will make is so much easier when going to the grocery store. I will also have my meals planned ahead of time.
National Physical Activity Guidelines, which provide information to the citizens about the reasons for having a more active lifestyle and how to implement this in a day-to-day life.
Physical activity is a very important aspect of an individual’s life. There are many health benefits to being physically active. Living an active life helps to prevent and lower the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, depression, and heart disease (Tuso, 2015). Healthy People 2020 (2018) states that about 80% of adults and adolescents do not meet the physical activity guidelines. Staying active may be difficult if there are no community resources to help. The intention of this paper is to implement interventions within Paulding County that will help increase physical activity among community members.
I thought about what would be a good improvement project that would allow me to use the PDSA cycle and improve my life. Therefore, after much thought it would be good to increase my exercise activity than what I currently do. I have a heart condition that stopped me from doing any exercise. It took a little over two years, but with medication and blood work, the physicians now say it would be fine to add some exercise to my routine, but I am only allowed to do walking. On an average day, I manage around 2,000 steps, so my plan is to increase my steps to 10,000 a day. I will have mini-goals to reach my final goal of 10,000 steps a day. I can easily monitor my habit with my walking app on my phone. In addition, I will be tracking it in Excel
Pedometers assist individuals with self-monitoring by providing objective and quantifiable data on steps, distance and caloric expenditure. Individuals are able to see a measure of physical activity within the day and adjust their behaviour to meet a certain goal. Many interventions have been conducted using pedometers as a tool to increase participants physical activity over a period of time. A systematic review undertaken by Bravata et al., (2007) examined the use of pedometers to increase physical activity in twenty-six studies with a total of 2767 participants. Bravata et al., (2007) found pedometers significantly increased levels of physical activity by more than 25% from the baseline. A significant predictor of whether pedometers had an impact on physical activity was whether participants had a step goal (e.g. 10000 steps) (Bravata, et al., 2007). It was found a step goal further increased the level of physical activity, which relates to the self-regulation model. The studies have shown that individual who recorded data from the pedometer such as daily steps, were more successful than those who did not keep records (Bravata, et al., 2007; Tudor-Locke & Lutes, 2009). This indicates the importance of feedback on the creation of challenges and goal
Moreover, exercise is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As people age, it is becomes harder to stay healthy and strong. As Davis (2007) includes in the IDEA Fitness Journal, “Nearly half of adults between the ages of 50 and 64 live with at least one chronic condition, such as arthritis, hypertension, diabetes or heart disease, all of which can be improved through exercise (IHRSA 2004).” Therefore, this aerobics program will be very beneficial to the client’s health. Movement is necessary in living a long healthy life, and that is what this program is all about. Physical health can add to one’s mental health as well. When one is comfortable in his or her own body, he or she will be more likely to be comfortable in every other aspect of his or her
I have always been physically active and I have participated in many sports and athletic activities and programs throughout my life. However, one thing that I have never considered to improve my fitness was just going out for a walk! Engaging in walking activity has improved so many areas of my life. I have become more health conscience and through this new perspective I have begun to make better fitness decisions that are helping me live a happier, healthier life. I first noticed a change in my fitness level when I was at soccer summer camp. At the camp, we had to run a mile around the field. I remember how last summer I had been really out of shape and I had struggled to run the course. However, this summer, because of my keeping up with my walking program
In unit four, we learned about the various subjective and objective methods of measurement for assessing physical activity. Learning that each method of measurement has its own advantages and disadvantages. Making it more challenging to accurately measure physical activity. For the activity part of unit four, we were told to take the “International Participation and Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ)” survey. Once completing the survey, we were told to discuss why the last seven days of activity should be assessed instead of a 30-day period. When taking the survey, I realized that it was very easy for me to recall the types of physical activity I had done over the last seven days. However, I experienced trouble with remembering more precise
The product I have chosen for this discussion is the Fitbit. I chose this product for a few reasons. The first being I see many people using this device. The second reason is because it claims that by using this product you will take steps to get healthy your way. Now the main claim from the website is “Fitbit tracks every part of your day—including activity, exercise, food, weight, and sleep—to help you find your fit, stay motivated, and see how small steps make a big impact.” (Why FitBit) I see where this product could be beneficial and spark a change in people’s life if used correctly. Since it tracks many things, a persistent person could use that information to tweak workouts or meals. They’d be reminded of how much activity they were engaging in and would be able to see the change.
One such tool that began to be used in the measurement of activity levels was the pedometer. This measuring device is best for measuring ambulatory activity and was demonstrated to be a decent tool for this sake. A study of physical activity in American adults wanted to test how useful pedometers could be by evaluating participants on health and activity levels and recording the steps accumulated over 2 days of pedometer use (Bassett et al., 2010). This study found that U.S. adults averaged about 5000 steps per day, men averaging slightly higher than women and step counts declining with age. They also found that, along with being a useful tool for measuring ambulatory physical activity, pedometers encouraged participants to move more. However,
The purpose of the work is basically to get patients are not active physically to become active. This would be suitable for audiences that have diabetes that are interested in becoming healthier. The information is this article is relevant to the topic because it talks about monitoring glucose in those that are exercising. The unique feature about this study is that it explains and gives us descriptive design of what will be used to describe physical activity patterns and glucose levels for 72 hours in nine exercising adults that have type 2 diabetes. The strength in this article is that it is positive in trying to find ways to keep diabetic patients healthy.
The U.S. Administration on Aging has approved this program. The goal of ALED is to help people make positive changes to improve their health and well being by incorporating physical activity into their daily lives. The program is intended for adults of all ages but will be modified to adults older than 65 for the purposes of this community-based plan. This program was started because approximately 60% is inadequately active or not active at all. Although healthcare providers regularly prescribe exercise, traditional methods have not shown to increase or maintain regular physical activity. It is a 12 or 20-week program group-based program with classes ideally ranging from 10-20 people (can be smaller or one-on-one). It includes a series of group classes, online assessments, learning activities, books, and individual guidance to acquire strategies about not only becoming physically active, but maintaining that lifestyle as well. The members learn to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives and are encouraged to set goals and create an action plan. In the group discussions, they learn what type of exercise, frequency, amount and intensity that will work best for them. The participants do the exercises on their own time and track their progress (Active Living Partners,
The Fitbit application, which is compatible with smart phone operating systems, allows users to connect with their friends and compare the number of steps that they took with the number of steps that their friends have taken. Having someone who holds a person accountable can help them to make the changes that are necessary to do what it takes to improve their health and well-being (Moving Forward Fitness and Sports Performance, 2016). It is easy for someone to let oneself slide, but when that person has a friend that is expecting him or her to hold up their end of the bargain, so to speak, it is more difficult to let their goal dissipate. The Fitbit app appeals to the competitive side of human nature as well. People look at how many steps their friends took, simply because they will want to surpass that amount. Another wonderful feature of the Fitbit is the caller ID feature. This allows people to connect their Fitbit with their phone. The Fitbit will vibrate and display the number and the person’s name if it is a contact stored in the person’s cell phone paired with the