Monday, June 29, 2009

10,000 Steps

It is suggested that we strive to walk 10,000 steps every day. I don't know where this number came from- probably from the same people who decided we needed to drink eight six ounce glasses of water a day. Or is it six eight ounce glasses?

No matter, the point is to lead a healthier life we should be walking 10,000 steps and shaking your pedometer to increase the amount of steps doesn't count.

You can find a variety of pedometers from Googling "pedometers." Even Frosted Flakes has them in the cereal boxes.
Research time! I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. I figured the money hungry manufacturers in the fitness community would charge and arm and a leg for pedometers. I was wrong (of course th
ey couldn't charge you a leg because it would make counting the steps harder). The most expensive one I looked at was $25 but most were under $10. If you are really interested in buying one check out Top 10 Best Pedometers. I've actually used the ones from Frosted Flakes and they worked pretty good.

Here's where I give my phone the big TOOT! TOOT! I was on the verge of deciding to add fitness into my lifestyle (after sitting on the fence for several months) when my Sony Ericsson W600i died. What does my phone have to do with f
itness? I loved my W600i so I decided to look at Sony Ericsson's first and I disovered their W580. The first feature that caught my eye was the color, pink. Sold! Then I found out it had a built in pedometer. Even better! I entered my height, weight, and birth date, then set it to show my steps on the main screen. Since I always have my phone in my pocket, my steps are always counted. I now strive to reach 10,000 steps a day.

We have the number of steps, a way to keep track of them, but how to get to 10,000 step
s everday is the kicker (or stepper). I'm a SAHM (stay at home mom for you acronym challenged folks) and don't run errands unless I have to. So I dance. That's right, dance. Sometimes it's lyrical when I'm feeling somber but mostly it's goofing around like Ellen and usually while I'm cleaning or doing laundry. Enter the iPod shuffle (can you guess what my favorite color is?). I could have bought a better iPod but I really don't need all those fancy apps that I'll never use.

I prefer simple.

Like how this post could have been much simpler if I'd just said:

How to walk 10,000 steps a day

Buy a pedometer or get one out of the Frosted Flakes box.

Plug an iPod into your head (or put on a record, whichever you prefer) and dance like you used to as a teenager when your parents weren't home.

- dance while doing chores kills two birds with one stone.

But how much fun would that have been to read/write? Not much!

Now go get your groove on.

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  1. I wear a pedometer most of the time. While my job is pretty sedentary, I do still average 5000 or so steps per day, depending on what goes on.

  2. 5,000 is great! To boost mine sometimes I run in place while waiting for something; like dinner, popcorn, or Maisie to be done going potty. :)