Now that spring is right around the corner I am sure that everyone is ready to get outside and get active! I definitely am! The spring weather seems to re-energize everyone and gets us all moving. Have you put much thought into how much moving and activity you do each day? This month we are having a Pedometer Challenge in Stroller Strides and it has really made everyone aware of their level of activity.
Everyone participating in the contest is sure to clip their pedometer on first thing in the morning and it's the last thing they take off at night. Throughout the day I am constantly checking my pedometer to see how many steps and miles I have accumulated throughout the day. If I
feel that I haven't reached my goal for the day I make sure I take my dog Sadie on a longer walk in the evening. The great part about wearing the pedometer is the awareness I have of my daily activity and it pushes me to keep moving all day and all night. I know that even when the contest is over I will still be wearing my pedometer to track my steps and miles.
We have all heard that 10,000 steps a day is the ideal step count you want to achieve by the end of the day. According to Ask.com the number 10,000 was actually set by a Japanese pedometer company as a promotion. Below are the recommended step counts based on research.
1) Under 5000 steps a day-sedentary lifestyle index
2) 5,000-7,499 steps a day - low active
3) 7,500-9,999 steps a day – somewhat active
4) 10,000 steps a day- active
5) More than12,500 steps a day -highly active
Whether you are wearing a pedometer on your hip or not, staying busy and active all day is key to a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few things that you can do throughout the day to earn some more steps and mileage.
- ·Park at the back of the parking lot when shopping.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
- Try to take a daily walk whether it is for one block or five.
- Chase and play with your child on the playground. Those 10 steps up the slide all add up!
- After you have found all of your items in the grocery store take one more lap around the perimeter of the store.
- Start your own Pedometer Challenge. Grab a partner or a group and log and compare
your daily steps, you will be surprised at how competitive it gets!