Tip – Use a Pedometer for Motivation

by diabetes care guide

A pedometer is a small device worn at the waistband that tracks the number of steps you take. It’s a great little tool to help you track how active you really are, and motivate you to do more. The average person takes anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 steps in a day with a normal routine.

Some researchers have suggested that taking 10,000 steps a day leads to a healthier you. 10,000 steps are roughly equal to 8 kilometers (5 miles).

To use a pedometer, wear it for a few days to see what your usual daily step total is. When you have this number, set a goal to increase it by 500 steps. When you achieve the new goal for several days in a row, set a new one… and you are on your way!

When you see how many steps you’re taking a day you’ll soon be looking for ways to up the count! Parking a little farther away from an entrance, taking an extra loop around the mall…or just walking with a friend, all contribute to more steps.

Shop around for a good pedometer. Make sure the brand is accurate. A strap to secure the pedometer to your belt is helpful if your pedometer slips off your waistband. A cover will protect the button from accidentally being reset. A one-button model is the easiest to use

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