Ten Thousand Steps

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Ten Thousand Steps

As the old saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. How about 10,000?

An interesting new way to make sure you are getting enough exercise to improve your health and fitness is to count the steps you take during the day. The target is 10,000. You can count them however you figure out (it's a footstrike, so left-right is 2) or use a device called a pedometer. Running or jogging steps count as well as walking, and the device counts steps on the treadmill, StairMaster, elliptical trainer, and pedal revs on the upright but not recumbent bike. Steps taken during sports like tennis or soccer will also count.

You'll probably be surprised at your total, but this is a great health and fitness motivational technique for your fitness workout. 10,000 can help control weight as well as improving cardio fitness, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and diabetes risk.



10/15/2007 5:28:24 AM
Bob said:

The real deal! We've been doing this for a few years with great results!

10/15/2007 7:16:44 AM
Dark Side said:

This provides real motivation for me. I have a treadmill and it has a step counter on it. Ten thousand steps three days a week should help me lose and maintain my weight and hopefully relieve some of this college stress I'm experiencing. Thanks for the info!

10/15/2007 9:04:22 PM
Judy said:

wearing a pedometer every day is a must for me--it's more important than my underwear LOL
I've lost 50 lbs and kept it off for almost 2 years


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