Taking Steps to Walking Fitness

Thinking about starting an exercise program but do not enough time. Perhaps you could use of a pedometer and see if that will get you motivated and in shape.

A pedometer is small meter that you can attach to your clothing. It will record how many steps you take as well as keeping track of your heart rate and blood pressure. Some have a memory program installed to keep an on going chart of each day for a certain amount of time so you can see the comparison from one day to another.

On an average day, a person should walk 10,000 steps a day to maintain good health. The average person only walks somewhere between 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day, which this is a long way from 10,000; don’t you think?

We all need to exercise to be health and fit. Exercising will help prevent many diseases and lose weight too. It relieves stress and depression, walking will give you more energy and you’ll become healthier and be a better person as you see the results in the upcoming weeks after you have started walking.

If you decide to buy a pedometer put it on first thing in the morning when you get and track your steps for a couple of day. Are you one of the people who don’t even come close to walking 10,000 a day? Lets get started to a healthier you with a new walking program using a pedometer.

The first thing you need to do is start a journal. Journal writing is fun and it helps to keep you motivated so you don’t stop walking and keep going just looking back to see the progress you’re making. Make journal entries every night on how your day went recording your steps, what you’re doing to increase that number to hit your goal of 10,000.

Your energy will increase and so will your confidence along with becoming that new and healthier person at the end of your goal.

If you are in the 1,000 to 3,000 step range per day than we need to work on getting it up to 10,000 a day. Each week you need to have a goal of increasing your steps to 500 per day. By the end of the first week, you should be walking 3,500 steps. At the end of the second week, you should be walking 4,000 steps per day. Soon you will be walking 10,000 steps with no problem and feeling happier too.

You have steps you can take to increase your walking fitness goal. Be creative and have fun when making your choices; you’ll be surprised at how many different ways you can increase your steps per day. Remember to write these down along with your daily logging to your journal.

HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR STEPS PER DAY:

1. Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator. Walking stairs will burn more calories and add strength to you leg muscles.

2. Instead of using the phone to call the neighbors next door walk over there and talk to them instead.

3. Take the dog for a walk around the block a couple of time before going to work in the morning.

4. Take the family and walk over to check on Grandma and Grandpa instead of driving the 5 blocks.

5. Instead of having your secretary get you a cup of coffee, walk down the hall to fix it yourself.

Have fun with your new step program and be sure you have a good shoes and do your warm ups and cool downs before and after any long walks you might plan.