Why we all need to count our steps

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It’s something we do every single day – we walk downstairs, to the shop and occasionally take the dog out for half an hour too. But what we may not realise is that we take our steps for granted, and they are actually a massive factor in contributing to a healthy lifestyle.

Walking is obviously an easy way to do it too. I have a pedometer which counts my steps on a daily basis and it even gives me an average! The average person walks between 3,000 and 4,000 steps per day but that doesn’t mean you can’t do more. After all, walking can be done pretty much everywhere and at any time!

At a desk all day? Get up off that chair and have a little wonder around the office. Go up the stairs instead of choosing to jump in the lift, and maybe even park at the other side of the supermarket car park instead of squeezing your car into the smallest, most inconvenient space JUST because it’s right next to the door!

All those little steps maintain a gentle consistent cardio which results in many health benefits.

PEDOMETER TIPS

  • Have a step count goal – mine is 11,000 steps per day, you will find yourself going up and down the stairs if you’re at 10,500 at the end of the day!
  • Being a PT, my job means I manage to get a lot of steps in. However, I understand how a lot of jobs make it difficult. Despite this, I think 10,000 steps a day is a great goal.
  • Walk at a brisk speed to get the health benefits from walking.
  • You can buy pedometers very cheap. They is the ‘Health’ app on the iPhone, which you can view your stats and even see how many flights of stairs you’ve tackled per day. Very useful and something which is available to a lot of us!

If you can follow the above guidelines you will begin to love walking, trust me. I’m not going to lie, it can become a bit obsessive! Maybe even get a partner or friend to join you and have a competition each week? Anything which can enhance your health is a winner in my book, and counting your steps is the first step in ensuring that.

Are you like me and a bit obsessive with counting your steps? Or perhaps you have a nifty little pedometer your want to brag about? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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