Competition among Friends Yields More Steps and Calories Burned

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Playing Drs. Rx: Challenge Your Friends to Fitness to Burn More Calories

Looking to get more steps each day and burn more calories? The secret to step success might be some friendly competition! 

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The Doctors share how a recent study from the Journal of American Medical Association found that overweight individuals who used fitness trackers and compared their results with others were able to rack up close to 1000 extra steps each day.

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"Having just a little of a challenge that you are doing with your friend and family, it makes sense," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says of the idea of introducing some friendly competition into a fitness routine.

The Doctors suggest picking an activity you enjoy when setting out on a step competition. If you do not enjoy jogging, they suggest walking or hiking. They note adding even 20 to 30 minutes of activity each day can have tremendous health benefits.

Looking for a fitness tracker? These three options can help you track your performance and stay active while competing against others.

Inexpensive - Consider the Fitbit Inspire Fitness Tracker, which tracks steps, distance, hourly activity, active minutes, and calories burned.

Mid-range - The Samsung Galaxy Fit features a heart rate tracker, is water-resistant, and tracks up to six activities automatically, along with tracking your sleep and stress levels.

High-end - The Apple Watch Series 5 is a top-notch fitness, heart rate, sleep, and activity tracker and it also allows you to see how other friends and family (who also have an Apple Watch) are doing on their daily fitness goals.

 

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