Stepping up your walking habit

by Brad Isaac on January 18, 2010

Think you are walking enough to keep fit? Recent studies may surprise you. They certainly raised my eyebrows.

It’s a great time to be alive.

With technology advances things as simple as counting steps can become automatic and give you instant feedback.

My son showed me his latest Nintendo DS toy called Nintendo Personal trainer walking. It includes a pedometer you wear all day. Then you sync with the nintendo for tracking In it are charts, games, suggestions and feedback for improvement.

I was fascinated to see all the features – designed especially for kids. But at one point he asked “how many steps should kids take each day?”. Ahh. Good question. So I looked it up and stumbled on some fascinating numbers.

According to new pedometer steps recommendations from Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke, 10,000 steps is the ideal number. 5,000 or less means you are leading a ‘seditary’ lifestyle. And 12,500 being optimum.

Woah! My son’s meager 4,000 steps per day average in the last week was a wake up call for both of us. I’ve never thought of him as being ‘seditary’, but even he feels he needs more exercise – even before we looked up the numbers.

I’ve never tracked my own steps, but average 6-7 miles per week of extra steps due to excercise. I’ve done that consistently for over 20 years.

But maybe it’s time I track them because even with additional mileage I may be well under the 12,500 optimum.

Like the old saying goes; You don’t know what you don’t know until you know it…

– Brad Isaac

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January 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I find some of the “new” technology can actually motivate you to exercise. The feedback is usually instant, and can set you up for your next goal whatever it may be. Cheers.

January 20, 2010 at 4:55 am

It’s truly one of the most encouraging article I’m ever read. Thanks for to apportion from you.

January 24, 2010 at 11:21 am

Thank you for all the great posts from last year! I look forward to reading your blog, because they are always full of information that I can put to use. Thank you again, and God bless you in 2010.

February 5, 2010 at 7:14 am

I went through your blog and since, its related to health and fitness I read it with full devotion. I’m a fitness freak myself and always like the ways to stay fit. Thanks for sharing this information.

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