10,000 Steps

by Nancy on March 5, 2010

I’m guessing most of you have heard the frequently recommended exercise goal of walking 10,000 steps a day. A long time ago I used a pedometer and recently I decided to dig it out and start using it again. But, the battery was dead, the hinge half broken and I remembered that it was the kind that you had to clip on the waist of your pants so 1. it was always visible and 2. I frequently hit it with my arm and it would go flying off.

Which is how I came to spend several hours researching pedometers and settled on this Omron pocket pedometer. What an improvement on my old one! First of all, you can put it in your pocket or even in your purse and it counts all your steps which is much better than having something clipped to your hip. My research showed that the Omron brand was the most reliable. There are several versions of it available depending on how many fitness parameters you want to measure. I settled on the basic version you see in the picture.

Another thing I like about it is that it stores your last 5 days of activity. If you are trying to keep track of your steps but forget to record them, it’s easy to go back and get that number.

And, let me just say, getting 10,000 steps a day in is challenging. 10,000 steps is approximately 5 miles of walking. On busy errand days when I’ve walked up and down the aisles of Costco, King Soopers and Target and run up and down my stairs doing laundry, I still have to get a deliberate 30-40 minute walk or other workout in to achieve it. I find the pedometer is a great motivation tool, especially in the evening when I don’t want to get up from the warm couch and take the dogs on a walk. Then I see I’ve only gotten in 5000 steps and that helps me get out the door. Try it, I think you’ll like it!

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