Benefits of Using a Pedometer

Do you have a pedometer? 10,000 steps a day seems to be the magic number to sustain an adequately active life. Unfortunately, not many of us get this - despite our best intentions. Most of us don’t walk an hour to school, or work, or spend days hunting and gathering, plowing and sowing. Sprawling urban centers mean an increase of office jobs - jobs that have us planted firmly on our butts. So how do we get closer to our 10,000 steps? One of the best ways is to get a pedometer. Studies reveal that people who track their activity with a pedometer weigh less and have lower blood pressure - and yes, walk more. The importance of living active cannot be undermined. A study conducted in Hong Kong revealed that 20% of all deaths of people 35 and older can be linked to a lack of physical activity - this is more than the deaths related to smoking. A collective review of 27 different studies shows that people who counted their steps with a pedometer walked 2000 more steps than those who didn’t. Moreover, using a pedometer helped them increase their general activity level by 27%. 10,000 steps is the equivalent of about 5 miles. This may seem like a trek, but keep in mind we’re talking 10,000 steps throughout the course of that day - it doesn’t have to be all at once. Step up!

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