Did you know that Walking 10,000 Steps per day is one of the best ways to get and stay in shape? It can be easier for some than others but it is rewarding once you establish a route that you can follow.
You may or may not have heard about the 10,000 steps a day program where it’s said if you walk 10,000 steps, you were walking a distance close to 5 miles (recommended amount). The trouble with this program is that the size of a persons step may vary from person to person. However, for a healthy lifestyle, this is the recommended amount. With the average person, whose step is around 2.5 long, it will take about 2,000 steps to walk a mile. Do you really feel like counting your steps every time you go out walking? It isn’t easy, I have tried it, but with all the beauty of nature, I am easily distracted. What many walkers such as myself do is to use a pedometer.
For example, My wife works in a home for people in very poor health and in the later years of their lives. She must take care of an average of 12 people that all live in the own rooms but most of them are taken to the dinning room for meals, then to the entertainment room, and later back to their rooms, On most days she will walk more than the 10,000 steps without even being aware of it until the end of the day when she looks at her pedometer.
I on the other hand work on the computer, and I must make it a point to get up and take a walk every couple of hours, plus a walk in the morning and on most days again in the evening to get my 10,000 steps. Without a pedometer I would not make it. With it I can monitor my progress through out the day and adjust accordingly.
A pedometer is a small gadget or device that will tell you how far you have walked. Also known as a step counter, this convenient device makes it very easy for walkers to know when they’ve reached their target goal. Because its step count is based on the swing of the person’s hips, the actual mileage may vary with different individuals of different size. However, it’s still regarded as an excellent tool for walkers.
Pedometers are great for providing walkers with motivation. The 10,000 steps guideline is a recommended amount that equals around 5 miles so if an individual leads a sedentary lifestyle, they may only walk 1,000 to 2,000 steps each day. With a pedometer they know they have to increase their steps. The pedometer makes it easy for them to see where they’re lacking and need improvement.
Increasing your Step
Increasing your steps to the recommended amount is easier than you may think. Begin to increase it a little each day. An increase of 500 steps each day is a great way to get up to the 10,000 per day. As soon as you get up in the morning, strap the pedometer around you waist and let it start calculating. At the end of an “average” day, you’ll know exactly where you stand and what you need to do for improvement. Each day may be different for you; however, with certain days being more active.
You’ll find that wearing your pedometer will also make you more motivated to walk more. At the end of a week, you’ll know how much improvement you need and if there is more work required on certain days or if you’re equally sedentary every day!
Some things you may want to do to improve the number of steps you take include:
Walking your dog, I have two dogs and they love to walk
Taking a walk with a family member or friend
Taking the stairs in buildings instead of the elevator
Park farther away for the store so you have to walk more
Walk to the store if possible
Get off the couch to change the channel instead of using the remote control
You can get a pedometer at you local sporting store. They come in different styles and price levels. While I don’t recommend that you purchase the cheapest one, you don’t need to get something too costly to see good results. When we first started my wife and I used an Omron HJ-112 and was perfectly happy with them. However once I moved more into all thats involved in maximum health for graceful aging, I moved up to a Jawbone because it monitors activity including walking plus what you eat/drink nutritional information and it can be programed to remind you it is time to get up and leave the computer for a walk. You wear it on your wrist. These are a little on the costly side and you don’t need all that information to enjoy a good walking program. However if you would like to see more information about them you can visit my Amazon Store at: http://chefwilliamlikes.me/Chef Williams Nutrition Store and look in the “For Walkers section”. While you are there, visit the whole catalog and let me know in the comment section if there are items that I should add.
Walking 10,000 steps can be a part of an overall lifestyle plan for better health. It sounds like a lot, but if you start in the spring and increase your distance a little each week, by the end of the summer it will be a way of life.
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Enjoy a walk today………………