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Making Your Steps Count with a Pedometer

Recent guidelines say we need to walk 10,000 steps per day. How far is 10,000 steps? The average person’s stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long so 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles.

A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. Try to increase your average daily steps each week by 500 per day until you can easily reach 10,000.

Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to track your steps. Start by wearing the pedometer every day for a week. Put it on when you get up in the morning and wear it all day. Before you go to bed, write down your daily steps in a notebook or on your computer. By the end of the week you’ll know your average daily steps.

Some pedometers calculate and display interesting stats such as distance, calories burned, speed, elapsed time, and steps per minute. Many have functions such as a stopwatch and alarm, or even play music and read your heart rate!

There are many ways to increase your daily steps:

  • Get off the bus and walk the extra block.
  • Walk while you talk on the phone, especially if it is a long call.
  • Get your pet used to a daily walk and he or she will remind you if you miss!
  • Need to solve a problem? Think about it while you walk around the block.
  • Get off the elevator three flights before your floor.
  • Go shopping! Lots of window shopping and tracking down bargains uses many steps.