Goal: 10,000 Steps a Day
I'm so excited to have purchased another pedometer. I had one several years ago, and something made me think about having one again. And it's motivation that I need. Yes, I have plans to walk every day, don't you? But, that doesn't always happen. So now I can see just how many steps I've walked (or not walked).
Experts recommend you aim to get 10,000 steps per day. Why this number? Several studies show that when people increase their daily steps to this number, and maintain that number, they reap several health benefits. According to one study, women who had a step count of nearly 10,000 steps a day for 24 weeks were able to reduce their blood pressure. Another study showed that overweight women were able to improved their glucose levels.
In walking 10,000 steps a day, you are able to easily meet (and often exceed) the Center for Disease Control’s recommended 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. To ensure you’re getting what’s considered “moderate activity” give singing a try. If you’re able to belt out a tune without being interrupted by taking in large breaths, pick up the pace. You want your heart-rate elevated, your breathing rate accelerated, and to even slightly break a sweat.
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What's nice about this pedometer is that it tracks your exercise walk separately from your other movements. You can see how far you went on your walk - how many steps and miles - and ALSO see it added into your total for the day. It zeros out at midnight and keeps 7 days in memory.
There are literally thousands of reviews of this pedometer on Amazon, where it has a 4.3 out of 5 rating. One such review states: “This is indeed a very sensitive little machine that does what it says it will do, in addition to being fast, easy, convenient, and extremely durable.”
So if you’re looking for a kick in the motivational pants, maybe you’d benefit from giving a pedometer a try? This one was also recommended on Consumer Reports, where one user states: “I’ve had the same one for going on 3 years, and it’s still going strong!!! AND I've lost 57 lbs. in just over 1 year!!!”
I figure whatever gets you moving is a good thing. So tell me in the comments; what motivates you? Do you use gadgets like a pedometer? Another technique? I’d love to hear what works for you!