Why Use A Pedometer?
If exercise is something you have to talk yourself into doing every week, your
motivation obviously needs a boost. So if there were a device for raising your motivation and
keeping it at a consistent level, you'd most likely want to take advantage of it. Matt Ream
has some great advice on doing just that in his article titled Pedometers: The Magic Pill
for Better Health:
If there were a pill you could take that could help you lose weight, get in better shape, and live
a longer, healthier life, wouldn't you want to know about it?
The good news is, there is such a pill, and it doesn't require a prescription, nor is it available
“over the counter.” It's a simple step counter, or pedometer, and it has powers you would not
believe to improve your health and wellness, lose weight, and live longer.
What's a pedometer?
It's a simple electronic
device you wear on your waistband that counts steps. Technically, a pedometer calculates
distance, as opposed to a step counter, which only counts steps. The pedometer still counts
steps, and uses a user-input stride length to calculate the distance. Other pedometers show
calories burned, elapsed exercise time, steps per minute, and on and on.
All you really need is something that accurately counts steps. Other features can be nice, but many
are not necessary.
Why is it important to count steps?
It's a primary indication of the activity you are engaged in during the day. Studies have shown
that you don't need to dedicate a specific time to exercise, per se, but smaller bouts of activity
can have the same effect as one longer, extended period.
That means that making small changes in your daily routine can have tremendous effects on your
By taking more steps - essentially increasing your daily activity and burning more calories -
you are becoming more physically active.
- Park farther from the store
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Pace while you're on the phone
- Walk with the dog instead of just letting her go
- Go down the hall instead of sending an e-mail or picking up the
What are the benefits?
The American Medical Association says that by increasing your activity level, you will:
As if that weren't enough, the AMA says you will also:
- Increase stamina
- Stimulate weight loss
- Lower blood cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve self image
- Improve mood
- Enhance quality of life
If any of these benefits are important to you, it's vital that you begin to move more.
- Sleep better
- Strengthen your heart and lungs
- Decrease stress
- Increase energy
- Maintain appropriate weight
- Lower triglycerides
- Control blood sugar levels/diabetes
- Feel better
- Reduce feelings of depression and anxiety
- Improve productivity
- Build an maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints
- Increase muscle tone
- Reduce risk if dying prematurely
How to get started
The American College of Sports Medicine traditionally prescribes the following as the appropriate
level of activity in order to get these benefits:
If you can't take 30 minutes to exercise, try three 10-minute walking sessions throughout the
day. Walk briskly to get the maximum benefit. If you have been sedentary, check with a doctor and
- Frequency: 3 - 5 days per week
- Intensity: 60% to 90% of maximal heart rate
- Duration: 20 - 60 minutes
Your new life begins today, and it will be a healthier, longer, and happier life!
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While pedometers were originally used by sports people and physical fitness practitioners, they've
since become popular with the rest of us who just want to get in better shape.
If you clip a pedometer onto your belt and wear it all day, you'll be surprised at how far you
actually walk in a day, and you'll be motivated to add to that total. Simple but effective.
To take a look at a range of inexpensive pedometers, please visit our pedometer store.
It's important that you consult with a qualified health professional before
embarking on any new dietary or exercise regimen.
Gathering information online is fine for research purposes, but you need a real
live professional to monitor your progress if you attempt to make drastic changes
to your lifestyle. Unless you're a health professional yourself, you aren't
equipped to objectively observe your body's responses to a new diet or exercise
program. So whatever your chosen course of action, please be sure you enlist the
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