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Setting aside some time to go for a 45 minute walk isn’t always easy. Let’s face it. Day to day life can be busy and hectic and fitting in a workout cn be difficult at times. Fortunately, you don’t have to dedicate a set block of time for your walking workouts. You can actually split that big chunk of time up into smaller chunks of time and acculate the activity over the day. How will you know how far you’ve gone if you’re not following your route? There’s a fun way to help track your activity and keep you motivated – using a pedometer.
The pedometer will track how many steps you take on any given day. Many models will also track how many minutes you’ve spent being active and how many miles you’ve walked. So, no matter whether you get your walk in all at one time or you have smaller amounts of time where you’re moving around, the pedometer will track of how much exercise you get. Maybe you start your day by parking a little further away from the office and walking a couple of hundred extra steps. Then you take a quick stroll during your lunch break. You wrap up your day by walking around the park while your kids play. Your pedometer will keep tracking your movement and give you a running total. Before you know it you will have gotten your exercise in without having to block out any additional time.
Give it a try. Put on a pedometer, or start tracking with that phone you’re always carrying around anyway and see how much you’re walking around any given day. From there, try to get a little more active as time goes by until you hit your stepping goal. For most of us 10,000 steps per day is a good long term goal, but if you’re feeling more ambitious than that, go for it.
Pedometers are readily available. You can order one from Amazon or you may be able to pick one up at a local superstore. Or you can go with something a little fancier like a Fitbit for example. But before you head out to spend any money, check your smart phone. Many models have a pedometer built in. All you need to do is download a free app and you’re good to go.
Keeping track of your steps is very motivating. Looking at your pedometer and realizing you’re 2,000 steps away from your daily goal may be just the motivation you need to head out for that after dinner stroll.