Activ8 wearable activity tracker allows easy monitoring of cycling

Activ8 wearable activity tracker allows easy monitoring of cycling

The Activ8 wearable activity tracker allows easy monitoring of cycling. Cycling is widely regarded as a very effective and efficient mode of transportation optimal for short to moderate distances. Bicycles provide numerous benefits by comparison with motor vehicles, including the sustained physical exercise necessarily involved in cycling, that cycling involves a reduced consumption of fossil fuels, less air or noise pollution, much reduced traffic congestion, easier parking, greater maneuverability, and access to both roads and paths.  So a real durable, environmental friendly and healthy way of getting yourself from A to B.

Activ8 registers second by second when during the day you were cycling and for how long. This goes fully unnoticed, by just wearing the Activ8 wearable activity tracker in your pocket. You can see for one person or a complete group how much they are cycling and if it changes over time by movement intervention programs or other incentives. You can visualize the facts or you can put it in game or group challenge to also stimulate each other to cycle more often.

Studies show that bike commuting is one of the best ways to stay healthy

Biking for transportation appears more helpful in losing weight and promoting health than working out at the gym. That is good news as I bike to work, shopping, and social events.  According to Australian epidemiologist Takemi Sugiyama, lead author of a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, “Commuting is a relevant health behavior even for those who are sufficiently active in their leisure time.” Analyzing the research, The Health Behavior News Service notes, “It may be more realistic to accumulate physical activity through active transport than adding exercise to weekly leisure-time routines.”

The four-year study of 822 adults found that found that people commuting to work by car gained more weight on average, even if they engaged in regular exercise, than people who did not commute by car. The authors of the study recommend creating more opportunities for everyone to walk or bike to work.

An earlier study by researchers at the University of Sydney School of Public Health published in Obesity Reviews (the journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity) supports the thesis that leisure-time exercise alone is not enough to prevent obesity. Sixty to 90 minutes of daily physical activity is recommended to curb obesity, which is more time than most people can fit into their busy schedules. That’s why the study’s authors recommend “active transport” like biking and walking for commuting other common trips.

Beyond fighting fat, biking and walking for transportation also boosts overall health. A 2007 paper in the European Journal of Epidemiology concludes, “Commuting physical activity, independent of leisure time physical activity, was associated with a healthier level of most of the cardiovascular risk factors.”

The key advantage of traveling by bike over working out at a fitness center is that most people find it easier to do. Instead of vying for scarce free time with many other fun and important things, exercise becomes something we do naturally as part of daily routine. As a study by Portland State University professor Jennifer Dill in the Journal of Public Health Policy shows, 60 percent of Portland cyclists ride for at least 150 minutes per week (the recommended exercise minimum for adults) and that “nearly all the bicycling was for utilitarian purposes, not exercise.”

Activ8 wearable activity & sleep sensor

Activ8 offers consumer & medical-grade wearable devices for monitoring activity and sleep for use in consumer lifestyle, sports, research, clinical, therapy and OEM. Solutions that are both easy to use and scientifically validated.

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