How to use a Pedometer to track your activity level

Did you know that you burn a lot more calories in your every day activities than you do at a grueling session at the gym? Think about it, you are walking and working and doing various things for 8-10 hours a day, yet the average workout is only 60 minutes. So if you have a very busy lifestyle and just can't fit planned exercise into your day, perhaps you are being too hard on yourself.

You could start by tracking your daily steps using a Pedometer. A Pedometer is a small battery operated device, which clips easily to your belt or waist band. It tracks how many steps you take through a motion sensor. Depending on which brand you buy they can vary in accuracy. With most you input your height and weight and some even show you the number of calories burned along with the step count. Some more advanced models are set up to track all motion, not just steps, so if you are doing some vigerous cleaning with just your arms, that will count too!

running shoesThe average number of steps you should be aiming for is 10,000. That is the equivalent of a 30 minute walk. Because a lot of people tend to sit for their work they don't average anywhere near this, so wearing a Pedometer can be a great incentive to gradually build up to the 10,000 steps. It might just mean making some little changes, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, getting off the bus one stop earlier, walking to the shops instead of taking the car. And remember, even if you are doing 100 steps more today than you did yesterday you are making progress and you are burning more calories!

So get your walking shoes on and start tracking your steps today!

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