It's also important just to
move more. Making a point to take a few extra steps during the day can really
add up. Experts say that to stay fit, it is important to be physically active
for at least 2½ hours a week. Walking is one of the best things you can do to
be more active. You don't have to do your walking all at once. You can split it
up. It's fine to walk in spurts of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and
Some people prefer to let a pedometer count how many steps
they walk, rather than trying to keep track of how many minutes they walk. Then
you can focus on enjoying your walks rather than on adding up minutes during
Many people have a hard time remembering to exercise.
Using a pedometer can remind you to exercise more. You can wear a pedometer all
day to keep track of your total steps. When you go for a walking workout, you
can easily see how many steps you have added to your routine. A quick check may
show that you need more steps for the day. You may even find it fun to add more
steps to such chores and errands as grocery shopping or returning a book to the
People are often surprised to see how little they
actually move in a typical day. Wearing a step counter will let you see just
how active you are. This may spur you to add more steps to your day. Studies
show that people who used a pedometer were more likely to add about 2,000 steps
to the number they walked each day before using a pedometer.1
Test Your Knowledge
Using a pedometer can help you to:
- See how much you actually move in a typical
- Add more steps to your day.
- Focus on staying fit.
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