Nov 21, 2007

Pedometers and How Many Steps Should You Take Each Day?

I have a pedometer, and it's going to find it's way back onto my waistband when I get up tomorrow. I'm going to "baby step" (is "What About Bob" the only place that phrase has been used, it's one of my favorite movies!) my way into health. A Pedometer is a REAL reality check for those of us who work at a desk or sit at our computers blogging and working on websites. Here's a study or two on the topic:

"Pedometers, also called step counters, clip to a belt or waistband and count the steps the wearer takes during the day. They are available in the $5 to $60 range with simple, reliable models available for about $20. So what can a pedometer do for you? Researchers, with a grant from the National Institute on Aging, put the pedometer to the test. Dr. Dena Bravata of Stanford University was the co-author of the study and the findings were published in the November 21st, 2007, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Bravata and her colleagues analyzed 20 studies from the United States and Canada and half a dozen from Japan, Europe and Australia. The average age of participants was 49, and 85 percent were female because some studies targeted women. The total number of volunteers overall was more than 2,700. Overall, the pedometer stood up to multiple research studies, helping people walk an additional mile each day if they logged their steps and kept track from day to day.

On average, the volunteers lost a few pounds and their blood pressure dropped enough to lower their risk for stroke and heart disease. 'Every night, you write down how many steps you walked that day,' said Bravata. 'By flipping back through your diary, you’re able to see patterns: ’On the two days a week I took the stairs, I increased my steps.' The key seems to be keeping a diary of your pedometer readings and setting a daily goal to stay in step with.

It’s inexpensive enough – it’s easy enough – why not give it a try? And while you’re doing more walking, don’t forget your favorite Wholefood Farmacy foods which are the perfect snack while you’re on the go!


Updated 1/22/16

5 comments:

  1. HI, I saw your post on http://developer.payperpost.com/2007/11/we-did-it-realr.html and I was wondering what you meant by purchasing a domain for your blogspot blogs. Is it still blogger but somehow put on its own domain? Or did you just switch your old stuff over to a new site?
    All this technical stuff confuses me, lol.
    Thanks for your answer!

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  2. Hi QTPIE :-)

    I responded to you by email, hope it reaches you! Let me know if not. Have a BLESSED Thanksgiving. Claudia

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  3. I have sort of the same question. How did pointing your domain to your blogspot blog work with PPP? Did you have to sit out for 90 days and re-submit as a new blog? Or could you just update the url of your blog. Help!

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  4. I used a pedometer for a while. I walk two miles every morning, then the rest of the day I am doing things around the house, but I always had trouble getting to the 10,000 steps per day you're supposed to get. It seemed that the pedometer wasn't registering properly, or 10,000 steps is practically impossible to achieve. I thought it would be particularly discouraging for people who don't usually get any physical activity and are trying to get started.

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  5. i used pedometer. its a very good gadget. thanks for the post.

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