Saturday, March 12, 2011

How Many Steps Do You Walk?

Adding steps per day as you go about your daily activities, will increase your daily calorie burn, and result in weight loss.
 "10,000 steps 
Increasing your daily steps to about 10,000 steps per day, is a great goal to reaach for. How far is 10,000 steps anyway? The average person's stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, and 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles.


A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. For these people adding steps has many health benefits. Here is a simple out-line and suggestions to make your day count for improving your health, and dropping the pounds.

A reasonable goal for most people is to increase average daily steps each week by 500 per day until you can easily average 10,000 per day. Example: If you currently average 3000 steps each day, your goal for week one is 3500 each day. Your week 2 goal is 4000 each day. Continue to increase each week and you should be averaging 10,000 steps by the end of 14 weeks.

 There are many ways to increase your daily steps. Use your imagination and come up with your own list:


  • Take a walk with your spouse, child, or friend


  • Walk the dog




  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator


  • Park farther from the store


  • Go to the mall and walk several times around prior to shopping


  • Get up to change the channel


  • Window shop


  • Walking 15 minutes on your Lunch Break


  • Walk around the block in the morning and evening


  • Get outside to walk around the garden or do a little weeding

  • T
    ing yousteps 
    Tracking progress is critical, as you will want to see results. Keep notes on how you feel, how your body is improving, or other changes you are making to improve your health. You can purchase a simple pedometer to track you're daily steps. 


    Progressing into a daily walking program of 45 minutes to 1 hour, will bring your fitness level up another notch. When you progress to this point, then additional goals can be set, and motivation to start a more serious fitness program or a running program may be your next agenda in getting fit and healthy!

    Good Luck and Keep Moving! 
    If you are in very poor physical condition or at any point you feel that you are progressing too rapidly slow down a bit and try smaller increases. If you have any health concerns seek your physician's advice prior to starting or changing your exercise routine.

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