Improving your health is as simple as taking one step at a time. The Lorain County General Health District Health Commissioner, Kenneth G. Pearce, supports the use of pedometers, “Pedometers are used to get started and gauge activity. Using a pedometer is a great way to set physical activity goals and measure progress.”
Move forward on the path of health by walking and take fitness goals one step at a time with a pedometer. Here is how to start walking with a pedometer:
- Create a Baseline Number. Wear a pedometer for seven straight days during your normal daily activities and average your total for the week.
- Determine Reasonable Goals. Try to teach your baseline average each day for another week as your first target.
- Make Progress. Slowly increase your daily step total each week, by something as simple as 100 steps. That’s only 1 extra minute of walking!
- Track Fitness. Keep a log of your daily step totals to monitor over time.
Need extra motivation? Start a walking group with friends, coworkers or neighbors. Walking with others can provide:
- Enhanced Relationships
- Support and Encouragement
- Accountability to the Commitment
- Even Friendly Competition!
Physical activity is one vital ingredient for preventing and managing many ailments. Be sure to use a pedometer as your partner because better health is just steps away, so start walking today!
For the Health of Us All…Track and log daily pedometer steps with Lorain County Walks, visit www.Walks.LiveHealthyLorainCounty.com for more info. Purchase a pedometer from Lorain County Walks for $9.00. Be active with the Lorain County General Health District on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LorainCoHealth!