Yep? Well that’s what pedometers are – mini gadgets that motivate us to get moving when we are too inactive. They can help monitor the amount of movement you are doing – or not – and track your progress. Many studies have shown that they work in motivating people to exercise, which makes them one of the best investments you can make for your health.
Shoot for 10,000 steps.
If you aim to walk 10,000 steps in a day you’ll be on target to meet the Australian National Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults. These steps include both deliberate exercise and any incidental walking you do throughout the day. This means doing at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. Walking is an excellent way to strengthen your cardiovascular system, burn calories and rid yourself of unwanted fat. For even more beneficial health benefits including calorie burning, walk faster or up hills or stairs.
Find the right spot!
It is essential to make sure you are wearing the pedometer correctly to ensure you record accurate steps. Accurate pedometers (AFStep, AFSDTC, Nano, ET-dsm, Slimline and SD Pro) need to be clipped to your waist band in line with your knee. Make sure to check this position by walking 10 steps while counting. If the count is off reposition the pedometer on your waist band making sure that your belly isn’t pushing it forward as this will prevent it recording accurately.
Studies have shown that increasing your walking pace not only improves your life expectancy but also leads to greater weight loss because you burn more kilojoules. So increase your pace when you go for a walk by aiming to do 100 steps or more in a minute when exercising. This means that for a 30 minute walk you should do 3,000steps. The Pulse QT Pedometer Strapless Heart Rate Watch and the SD Pro Pedometer both measure speed and step plus lots more features.
And remember – Every Step Counts!