Pedometers: The Magic Pill for Better Health

The good news is, there is such a pill, and it doesn't require a  prescription, nor is it available ¡°over the counter.¡±  It's a simple step  counter, or pedometer, and it has powers you would not believe to  improve your Health and wellness, Lose Weight, and live longer.

What's a pedometer?  It's a simple electronic device you wear on  your waistband that counts steps.  Technically, a pedometer  calculates distance, as opposed to a step counter, which only  counts steps.  The pedometer still counts steps, and uses a user- input stride length to calculate the distance.  Other pedometers  show calories burned, elapsed Exercise time, steps per minute, and  on and on.  All you really need is something that accurately counts  steps.  Other features can be nice, but many are not necessary.  

Why is it important to count steps?  It's a primary indication of the  activity you are engaged in during the day.  Studies have shown that  you don't need to dedicate a specific time to Exercise, per se, but  smaller bouts of activity can have the same effect as one longer,  extended period.  

That means that making small changes in your daily routine can have  tremendous effects on your health.  Park farther from the store, take  the stairs instead of the elevator, pace while you're on the phone,  walk with the dog instead of just letting her go, and go down the hall  instead of sending an e-mail or picking up the phone.

By taking more steps-essentially increasing your daily activity and  Burning more calories-you are becoming more physically active.   The American Medical Association says that by increasing your  activity level, you will:

¡¤ Increase stamina ¡¤ Stimulate Weight loss ¡¤ Lower Blood cholesterol ¡¤ Lower blood Pressure ¡¤ Improve Self image ¡¤ Improve mood ¡¤ Enhance quality of life

As if that weren't enough, the AMA says you will also:

¡¤ Sleep better ¡¤ Strengthen your heart and lungs ¡¤ Decrease Stress ¡¤ Increase Energy ¡¤ Maintain appropriate weight ¡¤ Lower triglycerides ¡¤ Control blood sugar levels/Diabetes ¡¤ Feel better ¡¤ Reduce feelings of depression and Anxiety ¡¤ Improve productivity ¡¤ Build an maintain Healthy bones, muscles and joints ¡¤ Increase Muscle tone ¡¤ Reduce risk if dying prematurely

If any of these benefits are important to you, it's vital that you begin  to move more.  The American College of Sports Medicine  traditionally prescribes the following as the appropriate level of  activity in order to get these benefits:

¡¤ Frequency: 3 - 5 days per week ¡¤ Intensity: 60% to 90% of maximal heart rate ¡¤ Duration: 20 - 60 minutes

If you can't take 30 minutes to exercise, try three 10-minute walking  sessions throughout the day.  Walk briskly to get the maximum  benefit.  If you have been sedentary, check with a Doctor and start  slow.

Your new life begins today, and it will be a healthier, longer, and  happier life!

Timothy Eller

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  • Thanks for the comment Merle.

  • Great information Timothy and have to say I really miss being able to walk everywhere but health reasons are stopping me.  I loved to walk along the beach front every day with the dogs but can no longer manage it.  Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks Susan!

  • Active Member

    Timothy,

    Great info and yes I agree. One thing people can do is park farther away when they shop so that they have a little longer walk. Heck in the winter I just walk around and around in my house. :)

  • Thanks Terri!

  • Top Member

    Another great and informative post Timothy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learning about the Pedometers. Shared via Syndication Automation and I will be posting on the Syndication Express blog for massive exposure in my groups on Facebook.

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