The humble pedometer, and my new toy – in a live action shot. You know exactly how many steps I took today by 12:10 p.m.
Actually, the pedometer is an old fitness tool that I received back when I was a Shaklee distributor. It comes as part of the Cinch weight loss program package. Since I didn’t need to track my steps for weight loss, I never used the pedometer. However, with the injury of my hip, plus seeing a friend use the Fitbit pedometer at BlogHer at the beginning of August, I decided to track my steps in the course of a day to see if I walked at least 10,000 steps, the recommended minimum.
If you exercise daily for 30 minutes, running or walking, it’s easy to hit 10,000 steps by the end of your day. I have found that I usually take about 4,000 steps during a 30 minute walk. As you can see from the picture above, with a 30 minute walk this morning, plus 30 Day Shred Level 1, I easily reached 8,000 steps by mid day. Studies have shown that when people track their steps with pedometers, they usually walk an additional 2,000 steps daily.
Anyone can use a pedometer to track their steps during the day, not just runners or walkers. All pedometers track steps. Some of the digital ones will track mileage and calories and even sync with fitness programs like MapMyRun and MyFitnessPal. According to WebMD, pedometers are most accurate for walking since a runner can change their stride, especially on trail runs. If you’re a busy mom wondering if you’re getting enough activity in the course of a day, or you want to encourage an overweight child or elderly adult to be more active, a pedometer is an easy way to support their healthy lifestyle goals.
My pedometer hooks onto my shorts, and has a safety leash in case the pedometer is dislodged from my shorts. I have my pedometer positioned over my knee near my hip, the place most pedometers need to be. I put mine on when I get out of bed in the morning, take it off only to shower, and then before I get into bed at night. Since I’ve been tracking my steps, I find most days I take about 14,000 steps a day. On the days when I don’t do my daily walk, I’ve dropped down to 8,000. However, I was also sitting and visiting with relatives on those 2 days.
I finally figured out one of the reasons why my hip has been taking so long to heal. After I initially injured my hip in the late winter, I started stretching my hips thinking that would help them be more flexible. I continued the practice after my most recent re-injury. But….when I skipped 2 days of stretching, my hip felt much better. A week later, and while I still have some stiffness in my hip, I feel almost ready to run. I’m going to wait another week because it’s better to be patient and wait than to start too soon and get injured again.
While I’m waiting for my hip to heal, I’ve continued walking. I walk for 30 minutes 5 to 6 mornings a week. I am also working on strengthening my upper and lower body and core by using Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred and the new CoreBody Reformer I won at BlogHer. I’ll have a review of the CoreBody Reformer next Fitness Friday. So far, I’ve liked it though I haven’t felt the same intensity as 30 Day Shred. To be honest, I’m still learning how to use the CoreBody Reformer. The power of the moves is in the attention to form and developing balance and stability.
How’s your fitness program going?
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