Just can’t live up to the 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity a day benchmark? There is another step that you can take to protect your health… well actually a lot of steps. It seems various health and fitness experts agree that a comprehensive total of exercise for the day can be just as effective as a burst of activity for a short period of time. So the new guideline is to try and reach 10,000 steps in a day. For the average person, that’s a walking distance of 5 miles over the span of an entire day. That adds up to an extra 500 calories burned a day – which is just enough to help you lose a pound a week if you reach 10,000 steps every day (1 pound = 3500 calories).
You don’t have to become some master math-lete to do the counting either. A simple pedometer can help you to go the distance. Whether you buy a wearable pedometer or use a pedometer feature on your smart phone or ipod, you can let the machine do the counting for you – often with a setting that notifies you when you reach certain quantities – such as 2000 steps (1 mile). Another option is to get one of the newer generation of pedometers with built it rewards – like the S2H pedometer at S2H.com. Every time you reach 10,000 steps you earn rewards points that can be exchanged for goodies and bonuses you can redeem online.
So don’t let anything hold you back… let today be the first step of thousands.