Posted on Friday, July 9, 2010
Using a pedometer really lets you know how much activity you are getting throughout the day. I used to think I was getting enough exercise just by my daily routine (which incorporated a good deal of walking - or so I thought), until I started wearing a pedometer. Now I know that on an average day (without trying to increase my steps) I only clock about 5,000-7,000 steps.
Wearing a pedometer makes me more conscience of how much exercise I get or need throughout the day. I’ve heard many times that 10,000 steps a day is all you need. Yes, it’s all you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but if you want to lose weight you need to do at least 12,000 steps a day. There are many ways to increase the number of steps you are taking. Here are a few:
Always choose the farthest parking spaceWalk around while on the phoneWalk every aisle in the supermarketPut away laundry one item at a timeWalk around (or pace) while watching TV
These small adjustments add up!
I’ve been using the Omron HJ-720-ITC for a couple of years now and it is still one of my favorites. There are several things I like about this pedometer:
It is very accurate (I’ve tested it a number of times when I first got it)It is quiet (no beeps!)It tracks total steps, aerobic steps, distance, calories burned, fat grams burnedIt comes with software to easily download your walking record and watch your progress over time.It stores 7 days of information on display, 41 days stored in memoryThere is a safety strap so if the pedometer falls off, you won’t lose it.
However you choose to increase your steps, the pedometer is a worthwhile and inexpensive way to do it. The Omron HJ-720-ITC is a little more expensive than some of the other pedometers, but its accuracy, reliability, and software make it well worth the price.
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Doesn’t that stink when you find out you‘re not moving as much as you thought you were. And when you do start wearing a pedometer it’s almost a game to increase those steps.
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