By Su Reid-St. John
I recently researched in the journal on Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise and found some disturbing statistics on average. Just 5,117 steps – not nearly as many as in Switzerland , in Japan and in Australia. Worse, on average, fewer steps for US women – just 4,912 (versus 5,340 for men). Come on, girls, we're better than that!
I know what you think: I'm too busy to run anymore! However, there is an easy way to do it without extra time: carry a pedometer. Numerous studies (including those mentioned above) show that people who naturally walk more in the course of their days
I think I know why. I started using a Fitbit Activity Monitor (think pedometer plus) almost a year ago. Suddenly, there were more steps to the game: how many could I do during the day? Could I beat yesterday's grand total? Slowly but surely my number increased. To increase that, I started pacing while I waited for the doctor, phoned, and brushed my teeth. Stairs suddenly became an opportunity to take further steps. I started to slip off my desk every afternoon for a brief "brainstorming walk" to increase my number even further.
It did not take long to sit, instead of sitting. I knew the tide had turned the day I arrived at my office and left my purse in the car. Instead of being frustrated, I automatically thought, "Great, more steps!" You get the picture.
Eleven months later, flowering is still off the rose, and I'm now taking an average of 1
You do not have to rest on a chic activity monitor like my beloved Fitbit, either at a sporting goods store or at major sports retailers like Target and you can grab one for under $ 20.
Need something else to convince? How about this: Pedometer wearers weigh on average less than others who do not.
To summarize again: Wear a pedometer and you will run more and you will probably start to lose weight – no extra time required. What are you waiting for?