The author is about to reach the 10th spring after becoming a member of society. Every year at this time of year, people tend to take a nap because of hay fever and dullness caused by changes in temperature.
However, even in terms of age, physical strength is declining as it is. When I was vaguely thinking that I had to do something about it, I had the opportunity to rent "Move Band 3" released by DoCoMo Healthcare. Since a health checkup is just around the corner, I decided to take this opportunity to review my lifestyle.
● What is "Move Band 3"?
Moveband 3 is a wristband-type activity meter that can measure numerical values such as the number of steps and sleep time just by wearing it on your wrist.
It's basically left on, but it weighs about 17g (0.6oz) and is very light, and the smooth silicone band makes it comfortable to wear. Because it is water resistant (equivalent to IPX5), you can spend time without worrying about it while wearing it during water work or exercise (it is NG to soak in the bath).
My personal favorite is the simple and stylish design. It is easy to match with various fashions and can display the time, so it can be used as a wristwatch without any discomfort.
● What you can do with Move Band 3
In Move Band 3, in addition to the number of steps, calories burned, active time (fast walking / running time), and distance traveled, sleep time and sleep state can be measured. In addition to the display at hand, the data of the day can be managed on your smartphone by linking with the dedicated application "WM (My Move)". In addition, the app displays the accumulated data in a graph, making it easy to understand daily changes.
In addition to measurement, it also has an alarm function, which wakes up with vibration instead of sound. If you don't operate it properly and stop it, snooze will continue, so if you can't get up well in the morning, please give it a try.
● Challenge your life "10,000 steps a day"!
Well, first of all, I put on a band and spent about a week as usual, and I was shocked to see the result. There were many days when the number of steps per day was less than 5,000.
I was impatient that I wasn't walking more than I imagined, so I decided to aim for "10,000 steps a day" from the next week. By the way, the number of 10,000 steps that we often hear is that the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare says, "It is ideal to secure 10,000 steps a day from the results of epidemiological studies that looked at the relationship between physical activity and mortality." What is recommended. Of course, it is not necessary if you are exercising elsewhere, but for the time being, the author, who works while sitting almost on weekdays, aims for this.
Next, I thought about where in my daily life I could increase the number of steps. In the case of the author, there were the following improvement points.
・ Change the means of transportation from home to the station (about 1.5km one way) from bicycle to walking ・ Use the stairs at work (3rd floor) ・ Go out as much as possible during lunch break
One week to practice these. In conclusion , walking 10,000 steps a day was harder than I expected. In addition to the improvement points, I managed to keep more than 9,000 steps while taking measures such as taking a detour on the way home from work. In addition, Move Band 3 also has a function to notify you of the achievement of the target number of steps and the number of remaining steps, and I received a lot of mental support.
● Changes in the body
For reference, let's also look at the sleep state during the period. Actually, it is not accurate because there are many days when I fall asleep because I am too tired, but I can see that the percentage of "deep" is still increasing. Thanks to that, I can wake up more clearly in the morning than before.
Also, it's just an individual feeling, but there was also a nice change that there was room around the thighs of the jeans I always wear. Rather than being thin, it feels more "tightened" by using unused muscles.
● Life can be changed by "consciousness"
The challenge of "10,000 steps a day" could never be done without being aware of the numerical values in real time. Until now, I had only vaguely felt that I had moved quite a bit today, but by comparing the numbers with the actual feeling of fatigue, I felt that I could sleep well with how many steps I took when I moved this much. You will be able to grasp it more accurately. Also, the number of steps itself can be measured with my smartphone, but I think that always wearing a band in a conspicuous place also motivated me.
The price of Move Band 3 is 13,800 yen (excluding tax). If you think of it as a very good wristwatch, it feels rather cheap. The number of such wearable devices has increased in the last few years, so why not consider it as a partner for a meaningful new life?