I recently bought a wearable health monitoring device (Fitbit) so I can see how much of a slug I am. This all started when a co-worker of mine introduced me to the Argus App for the iPhone. The Argus App is a simple pedometer that measures all the steps you take during the day. It prompts you to start with a default goal of 10,000 steps a day.
I thought to myself that walking 10,000 steps a day would be a breeze, I must walk 20,000 steps - at least - a day. Boy was I wrong.
After I started monitoring myself I realized that on the best days, I’d walk only 3,000 steps - just over a mile.
This was indeed an eye opener for me and I’ve decided to take up a the challenge of walking 70,000 steps in 7 days. Whether or not I lose weight remains to be seen, but I’ll be doing more walking and that’s good.
The best part of this all? I’m collect data on myself and using it make changes in my life.Don't forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter on Data Science and RapidMiner here!