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Be Active – Get Moving Today!


10/09/09 – 5,383

Food Journal – Yes

10/10/09 – No Data

Food Journal – No

Good Morning, Mintdom,

Yesterday, my pedometer reset itself.  I do not know when it happened, but when I looked at it last night, it said that I had only walked 1,500 steps.  I KNOW that, that was not the case since I did do some intentional walking yesterday, plus a little shopping, which always boosts my steps.  Anyway, that is why there is no data from yesterday. The pedoMINTer that I am wearing these days is the Weight Watchers one; it is my fifth pedometer.  Speaking of pedometers, I just saw this article on www.SparkPeople.com that re-enforces that I am on the right path!

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Add Steps to Subtract Pounds

Pedometers Motivate & Encourage — By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator

Researchers from the University of Tennessee asked overweight women to clip on pedometers to track their steps. They divided these women into two groups. One group was told to aim for 10,000 steps a day (the common recommendation considered to be “active”), while the second group was told simply to walk briskly for 30 minutes, most days of the week (a common—but minimum—fitness recommendation). The study found that the step counters averaged over 10,000 steps daily, while the minute counters averaged between 8,270 to 9,505 steps on the days the DID meet their 30-minute goals, and merely 5,597 steps on the days they didn’t exercise for 30 minutes. The researchers conclude that setting your goals in steps (rather than minutes) may be the best way to increase your overall activity.

Action Sparked
If you’re having a hard time getting into a regular fitness routine, using a pedometer may help motivate you. It’s a simple way to track your progress, and you can easily continue to beat your past records (even if only by 5, 10, or 100 steps). Tracking your steps is another way to gauge your activity level—especially for the average deskbound worker. (People with active jobs, such as servers, may exceed 10,000 steps at work alone, but should still plan structured fitness activities.)

Walking less than 5,000 steps daily is considered sedentary, 5,000 to 9,999 is considered low to somewhat active, and 10,000 steps or more is active.

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Yikes – walking less than 5,000 steps daily is considered sedentary!  Now THAT is a real revelation!  Therefore, from now on, I feel like unless I am sick or injured, I always need to walk at least 5,000 steps per day!  I know my goal is 7,000 for October, and it remains that, but I am now adding a minimum!

With that, I am going to go take a little walk now.  IIf you have not been to www.SparkPeople.com, go now.   love you all and I hope you are having a GREAT weekend!

AffirMINTion:  I am becoming an active person!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

Life is good!

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