Corporate fitness trackers?

Should we be cautious about giving fitness info to the boss?

Your company's creeping interest in your body

A couple of hours have passed since Dan Gateno sat down at his desk when he feels a gentle buzzing sensation on his wrist. It's the fitness tracker he is wearing sending him an alert, so he gets up and walks a quick lap of his office building before settling back down to his work again.

My job is quite sedentary and I used to find myself sitting at my desk all day

The 43-year-old mainframe technology manager at IBM was given the device 10 months ago as part of a scheme run by his employer.

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Get fit for free

The secret to getting fit for free is to use every opportunity to be active.

Click on the following links to explore new ways and places to exercise for free.

Walk everywhere

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get more activity into your day, lose weight and become healthier. Research shows people who fit moderate activity like walking into their daily life burn more energy than those who make weekly visits to the gym.

Try to fit walking into your routine by ditching the car for short journeys, walking all or part of your journey to work, getting off the bus or train one stop early, and planning longer walks at the weekends.

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How Fitbit Became The Next Big Thing In Corporate Wellness

Most mornings, Brett Broviak rises at 4:30 for a walk around a nearby track before work. The winters in his native Indiana are long and cold, but Broviak trudges on. Occasionally, he steals a glance at his Fitbit to check his progress toward his daily goal: 20,000 steps, or about 10 miles.

It wasn't always that way. In 2014, Broviak's cholesterol and blood sugar levels were sky-high. After years of unhealthy habits, his weight had ballooned to 255 pounds. Like many Americans, he regularly indulged in fast food and drove almost everywhere, including to the Indiana University Health Center where he worked as a respiratory therapy manager.

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