South Jersey FitBit Users: 10,000 Steps Might Not Be Enough
I have to admit, after hearing this news, I felt slightly defeated.
A new study conducted by Brigham Young University in Utah has revealed that the goal us avid FitBit users strive for every day may in fact not be helping us maintain our weight as much as we think.
The study shows that the recommended 10,000 steps a day may not actually be enough to prevent weight gain. This news is disheartening, especially when you consider all the time and effort FitBit users put into ensuring we achieve that goal every day.
According to Yahoo News, the study surveyed students weight and the steps they strived to achieve every day. After gathering their evidence, the study lead released this conclusion:
"Exercise alone is not always the most effective way to lose weight. If you track steps, it might have a benefit in increasing physical activity, but our study showed it won't translate into maintaining weight or preventing weight gain. The biggest benefit of step recommendations is getting people out of a sedentary lifestyle. Even though it won't prevent weight gain on its own, more steps [are] always better for you."
The study wasn't a complete letdown for FitBit users, though. As it turns out, with people actively trying to achieve the 10k per day goal, that habit led to them leading overall healthier and active lifestyles, which, of course, with a good diet, leads to weight loss an maintenance.
So, even thought the 10k a day won't ensure our weight goals, it serves as a great motivator and catalyst for even more activities we can do to get ourselves there.