Stepping to Success

Walking as a great first step toward transforming your lifestyle.  No expensive equipment needed, just a pair of good walking shoes and a pedometer.  Pedometers can be purchased almost anywhere and typically cost under $15.  Wear the pedometer every day to see how many steps you take.  Then challenge yourself to take 100 more steps a day!

The chart below relates the number of steps taken in a day to a fitness level.

-Under 5000:  indicates a “sedentary lifestyle index”

– 5,000-7,499:  is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered “low active.”

– 7,500-9,999: likely includes some exercise or walking (and/or a job that requires more walking) and might be considered “somewhat active.”

– 10,000: indicates the point that should be used to classify individuals as “active”.

– Individuals who take more than 12,500 steps/day are likely to be classified as “highly active”.

Need more step in your day?  Park further away at work or when shopping, walk around the office 2 more times a day just to walk, take the stairs and not the elevator, take a walk in the evening after dinner or before.

If you have more ideas, leave a comment!

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