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FITNESS TIP: PEDOMETER POWER
Walking is one of the best things you can do to be more active. And you don't have to do your walking all at once. You can split it up. It's fine to walk in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day.
Using a pedometer can help you keep track of the number of steps you take each day. You can also set goals to increase your activity. It is a great motivator when you make it a habit to wear a pedometer. A quick check may show you how many more steps you need to get in that extra mile.
Power Tip: Make wearing a pedometer a habit. Put in on first thing in the morning as you are getting dressed. Leave it on until you go to bed.
PEDOMETER PLAN FOR FITNESS
Step 1: Find your activity level.
For the 1st week, go about your usual routine. Write down the steps you take on a fitness diary or by using an index card. This will be your starting point. Look over your record to see how you can add more steps to your day.
Step 2: Set goals for yourself.
Set a goal for the 2nd week. At first, try to add 300-500 steps to your day. Then work toward 2,000 steps (equivalent to 1 mile). Increase your walking in simple ways. We have lots of ideas in our post, Step It Up: Adding More Steps to Your Day. You can find it on the page, Walk to Jerusalem. Continue recording your steps each day.
Step 3: Keep moving.
Compare how you did from week 1 to week 2. Set a new goal for the next week. Work your way up to walking at least 10,000 steps each day.
Fitness is a journey. Small steps can lead to bigger ones that will make a healthy difference in your life.