Trainster is a free web site that helps you stay fit.
After signing up for an account, you enter your walking steps on Trainster. A pedometer (like the Omron HJ105) is recommended but not required. Other sports (such as swimming, bicycling, and many more) count too.
In addition to letting you track your daily physical activity, Trainster allows you to keep short journal entries and participate in an online community of other fitness enthusiasts. If you are looking for a little competitive motivation, you can form teams and compete with other users to see who gets the most activity.
You can also set up Trainster to send you optional reminder emails to help you stay motivated and on target to complete the challenge.
Health care experts recommend that everybody get at least 10,000 steps per day. The average person gets around 2,000 steps per day. Without tracking your steps with a service like Trainster, it's hard to know for sure.
In the May 2004 journal of Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, a study showed that women who walked at least 10,000 steps per day averaged 18 percent less body fat than those who walked fewer than 6,000 steps per day.
Medical disclaimer: Participation in Trainster is a voluntary leisure-time activity. No one is expected to participate for any reason. Activities may be physically demanding. As when undertaking any program of exercise, members should consult their physicians in advance. Members may be exposing themselves to a wide range of hazards associated with activity. Members participate at their own risk.
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