Clipping on a pedometer is a guaranteed way to loose weight with minimal effort. But, how do you know the Guarantee Fairy isn't a crazy glue sniffer? "Build a model airplane" says the little fairy, but we're not buying it. Next thing you know, there's money missing off the dresser, I've seen it a hundred times.-Tommy Boy
"A recent study found that people who wear a pedometer walk about 2,000 more steps a day than those who don't," says USA Today.
It adds up for a slim down
2000 steps is about a mile. To gain benefits for health and weight managment you don't have to go out and walk an entire mile all at once. Simply get in 2000 steps throught the day and you will burn an easy 100 calories 7 days a week. That's a cool 700 calorie cutback each week Sally Walker!
To push your number and weight loss even higher, make it a game:
- Compete with your family to see who can get more steps by the end of the day. Winner get to pick what for dinner. But watch out: A 5 year old boy with his dog can log some serious steps in a game of catch outside.
- Walk in place anytime your are standing still-when talking on the phone or waiting on the microwave-and see how many more steps you rack up
- Do shopping laps. If you can't break the habit of parking as close as possible to the grocery store, take a lap as soon as you get inside. You can actually pump out a workout at Target for 30 min (try hard not to stop for those sweet deals)!
You can get lucky and purchase a product with a free pedometer in the box. But for right now, for your sake, for your daughter's sake, ya might wanna think about buying a quality item-Tommy Boy, from a pharmacy or grocery store. The price tag will only set you back $2-20 dollars depending on the type you want.
For a 8-Week Walking Plan click here
Study Shows Pedometers Motivate to Increase Exercise: April, 2005 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.How Many Steps Per Day Are Enough?: Report on study published January, 2004 "Sports Medicine."
How Many Steps Per Day are Enough for Children?: June, 2004 "Preventative Medicine" by Catrine Tudor-Locke Ph.D. and associates.
Add 2000 More Steps Per Day to Stop Weight Gain: Press release by Dr. James O. Hill of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.