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10,000 Steps to a Healthier You!

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and it’s the cheapest and easiest way to get your daily physical activity.  A great tool to monitor your daily walking and encourage you to walk more is to use a pedometer.

A pedometer is a small electronic device that when worn on your hip tracks the number of steps you take each day. Pedometers range in price depending on the available features, but a basic pedometer can be purchased for less than $15. Many stores now carry pedometers including pharmacies, department stores and athletic stores.

To reap the health benefits of walking it is recommended to take 10,000 steps per day. The good news is every step counts! When you first get your pedometer wear it for a day without changing your regular routine. This will tell how many steps you normally take throughout your day and will let you know how many more steps you need to reach 10,000. Gradually increase your steps each day until you regularly take 10,000 steps.

Here are some tips to increase your steps!

  • take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • park further away from stores and other destinations
  • get off the bus one stop early and walk the rest
  • take short walking breaks whenever you get some free time
  • plan longer walks and schedule them into your day

For some additional motivation why not try an online step tracking program. 10,000 Steps is a fantastic website to log your daily steps and motivate yourself by participating in challenges. You can even encourage friends to sign-up and help motivate each other. Best of all, it is totally free and even has a convenient iPhone app.

Click here to sign-up on the 10,000 Steps website.

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2 Responses to “10,000 Steps to a Healthier You!”

  1. [...] out Abbotsford’s contributions to the Walking Challenge website here, or this great article on walking 10,000 steps on Healthy Abbotsford’s website to get some great ideas on how to reach your Live 5-2-1-0 [...]

  2. [...] out Abbotsford’s contributions to the Walking Challenge website here, or this great article on walking 10,000 steps on Healthy Abbotsford’s website to get some great ideas on how to reach your Live 5-2-1-0 [...]

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