- Kelly, a 40-something working mom, was frustrated that she couldn’t shake those extra ten pounds of “baby fat” gained during her last pregnancy…more than a decade ago.
- Mark, a 20-something recent business school grad, was concerned that the long hours required by his demanding new job was making it impossible for him to get to the gym.
- Linda, a 60-something marketing executive who recently stopped commuting to work to launch her own company from her home, was panic stricken by a sudden weight gain.
Despite the difference in their ages and stages of life, these Wellocracy followers have one thing in common: They all wear activity trackers.
An activity tracker is a tiny, wireless, wearable device that includes a sensor that can record things like the number of steps walked, distance travelled, calories burned and the quality and quantity of sleep. There are dozens of different activity trackers on the market. Although Mark, Kelly and Linda are wearing different brands of trackers, their trackers offer similar functions. Each tracker automatically sends the personal “data” or information it collects to the user’s smartphone or computer. That way, users can easily view how active they’ve been at any given time. If they choose, they can share their data with family or friends via email, Facebook or Twitter.
Mark, Kelly and Linda are part of The New Fit Revolution, a new approach to health and wellness that combines medical science, behavioral psychology and technology to help us get and stay healthy. It’s what Wellocracy is about: teaching and inspiring people to use cutting edge, consumer-friendly tools – like trackers and smart phone apps – to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
The New Fit Revolution is for people of all ages, from all walks of life – techies and non-techies alike – who want to live a full and active lifestyle.
Learning About Yourself
By wearing an activity tracker, you can learn a great deal about your behavior that is difficult to figure out on your own, as our trio all discovered. Each used their data to make meaningful changes in their lifestyle:
- According to Kelly’s activity tracker, she barely walked 5,000 steps a day, a far cry from the 10,000 steps per day a woman her age needs just to maintain her weight. In order to lose weight, she realized that she would need to bump that up to at least 12,000 steps daily, which she did. Along with the help of a new app that enabled to better manage her food intake, Kelly has started to get her weight under control.
- Even though he had been a “super active jock,” in college, Mark’s data revealed just the opposite to be true – he was now spending most of his day sitting staring at a computer screen. Instead of waiting for the “perfect time” to get the gym, Mark began following the Wellocracy Steps and Bursts strategy, which taught him to include physical activity into his busy life, five to ten minutes at a time.
- Linda’s data came as a big shock to a woman who was used to walking five or more miles a day from home to train to office and back again. Now, she was walking barely 2,000 steps a day, many of them in the direction of the refrigerator. Linda decided to add a morning jog and a brisk afternoon walk to her daily routine to burn off those extra pounds she had recently gained. For added insurance, she shared her daily tracking data with her younger sister, who texted her when she saw that Linda was at risk of not meeting her daily goals.
With the help of these new tools, awareness of their own behavior, the right motivation, information and support, The New Fit Revolution is fast becoming a new way of life.
New health tools like trackers and personal health devices can help us nip potential problems in the bud or better manage existing problems like weight control, high blood pressure and diabetes. They can also help us stay on course for a healthier, more active lifestyle – eat better, sleep better, look better and get the right amount of exercise in our daily lives.
Wellocracy will not only keep you informed about these new health tools, but will introduce you to simple strategies that will empower you to make consistent progress, correct missteps quickly and stay aware and responsive to your own needs and health and wellness goals. We will teach you how to “listen” to your data or tracking information, so that you can engage in an ongoing dialogue with your body that sets you on the path to optimal health and mental well-being. We will also help you find your “stickiness factor,” the right motivational strategies that will inspire you to stay on track to achieve your goals, even if you were not able to stick to a wellness program before.