Pedometers: Walking 10.000 steps daily is healthy

May 22, 2009

Exercise & Fitness

If you wish to lose weight, get and stay fit you have to take massive action towards your goal. Set as a goal to start working out and then change the goal to continuing to workout more and more. If you chose to walk or jog you need a pedometer. A pedometer is a great device you use to get personalized stats about your workout and how effective it was. Pedometers are electronic monitoring instruments that are great and useful for getting in shape and staying fit.

The pedometer offers you real time stats

A pedometer is a small device that counts the number of paces you are doing and the distance you have covered. You will also find out your heart rate and the number of calories you have burned. The pedometer feels the movements of your body. Based on the information you input in it, your weight and the rough length of one of your paces, it calculates the covered distance while jogging or walking.

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The pedometer is easy to use and you attach it around your waist line usually. You have to make sure it is very well fixed in place so you won’t lose it. At the same time you must make sure you can read the pedometer stats with ease without taking it off. Depending on the brand of pedometer you chose to buy you will find out how many paces you did, the time and distance, the number of calories burned. Some even have an internal memory so you can store your information for more complex charts and analyzes.

To maintain your mind and body healthy you need to do 6.000 to 10.000 steps daily. That is the number of steps specialists recommend for top health. If you want to lose weight, you have to walk between 10.000 steps and 15.000 steps daily. When you use a pedometer you should use a comfortable pair of shoes that will enable you to walk or jog at a constant pace, without rhythm disturbances or sudden movements of your body.

Your pedometer can be a motivation source

Your pedometer is a great workout stimulant. It is possible to fall in love with your pedometer and never part with it again. The better the stats you see on the pedometer display the more motivated you will be to keep working out. The more paces you see you have done daily, especially if they are over 10.000 steps, the better your health will be. You should jot down the daily workout results in your personal workout diary so you can track your success. At the end of the week analyze the result and celebrate if the week’s average is around 10.000 steps daily. You deserve it. If you wan you can even eat a slice of cake because you know you will take it off next week.

For more information on walking for exercise read Walking for Exercise: get a complete workout exercise by walking.

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