Benefits of Walking Pedometer for Weight Control.

Learning to get more physically active is a big part of fit, balanced and ageless – comprehensive and sustainable lifestyle and wellness program for women.  
Numerous studies have shown that activity level is one of the most important determinants of successful weight loss and maintenance, as well as overall good health. Increased activity throughout the day (“lifestyle fitness”) and setting aside the time for several weekly sessions of exercising makes all the difference.

There are several cardiorespiratory activities you may incorporate into your daily healthy lifestyle routine, but walking is a great cardiorespiratory activity for most women because it is convenient, requires minimal equipment and can be easily adjusted for any level of fitness. 

I often hear from my clients, I know, Inese, I know --physical activities are good but I just  keep loosing my motivation. We all know that, right?

Here a walking pedometer – step counter comes in. It is a great motivational tool.

A pedometer is a fun way to measure your activity level throughout the day, both during routine activities and while exercising. It is a small device that is worn on your waist to measure the number of steps you take or the distance you walk, making it easy to set realistic goals for yourself. 

It is really motivating to see those steps add up—and see your energy level rise as your fitness improves.

How Do You Use a Pedometer?

Wear your pedometer on your waist, attached to your belt, skirt or pants (even your underclothes as long as it fits snugly against your body.) Place it in line with the seam of your slacks or over the center of your kneecap, parallel to the ground. It will not give accurate readings if it is tilted to one side. Try it out in different positions along the waist; count the number of steps you take and compare that to what the pedometer actually reads.  

Put your pedometer on when you first get up and wear it all day long. At the end of the day, record the number of steps you took then press the reset button to return the step counts back to “0” for the next day.

Increasing Your Steps

Get an idea of your baseline activity level by recording the number of steps you take without changing your normal routine. Once you know your baseline, set specific goals for increasing the number of steps you take each day or week.  

Watch the steps add up when you pace while you talk on the phone, walk a flight of stairs, skip a half hour TV program and walk the dog (add about 2000 steps!), walk instead of drive, park further, or window shop with friends instead of sitting to talk.   

Of course not all activities can be counted in steps (for example, swimming or yoga) but they still count toward your fitness.

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