“If you put a scale in someone’s bathroom, that doesn’t mean they are going to lose weight,” says Timothy Church, professor of preventative medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University.
“A fitness tracker isn’t going to tie your running shoes and move your feet… You’ve got to make it fun.”
USA Today recently reviewed several 2016 research studies that show that while people usually make good initial gains when opting to use a fitness tracker, they often back out within a year. There appears to be a gap between monitoring your habits and actually changing them.
The article goes on to elaborate on 4 behaviors that help people find long term success beyond their initial bursts of enthusiasm…
- Get a baseline.
- Set a personal goal.
- Get support.
- Know thyself.
Dr. Church, who is quoted extensively in the article, is the Chief Medical Advisor for Fitness Interactive Experience, who are dedicated to improving lives through the workplace – by “making it fun.”
FIX’s “gamified” corporate walking challenges have unprecedented participation levels and are ideal for companies that have grown tired of traditional wellness programs. For more information check out our office step challenges.
Set personal wellness targets and build on them gradually to create a string of successes rather than failing to meet an unrealistic goal.
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