How many steps do you walk in a day?

June 19, 2010 2 Comments



Quote of the Day

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby (1826-1893)  The conduct of life address at Liverpool College 1873


365 Days to a Balanced Life – Day 19


By now most of you have heard about the 10,000 steps a day challenge.  People all over the world are attaching pedometers to them and counting their daily steps.

Given that the average person’s stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long, that means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, making 10,000 steps close to 5 miles.  This is significant when you consider that a sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. For these people adding steps has many health benefits.

I have tried this a few times over the past few years but never consistently.  My new daily habit is to wear my pedometer every day and log in 10,000 steps.  I am inspired by my brother Cal and my niece Samantha who combined with a low fat diet and 10,000 steps a day lost an impressive 60 pounds each a couple of years ago and have kept it off!

It is amazing how this little device keeps you on track.  It silently encourages you out for a walk with your spouse, child or friend.  You walk the dog more often and longer (even the dog starts to look trimmer).  You start taking the stairs instead of the elevator.  You no longer worry about getting the closest parking spot.  You start scheduling walking meetings.  There is a new priority in your life; make it to 10,000 steps by bedtime!!!!  (My brother would run up and down his stairs at his house if he was close to goal and it was raining outside).

10,000 steps daily should be done to maintain normal body metabolism. Walking is really a good exercise, everyone knows it but the life we live seems to overlook this traditional effective way of living.

Your 10,000 steps will burn your fat deposits too. If we do this on a regular basis, our body metabolism will function to normal. This is because almost all the muscles are being exercised when we are walking. When the system is good, it has the ability to eliminate toxins  from the body, and these excess fats could be considered toxins also because of the unfavorable effects it produces, just like toxins. Not to mention that it triggers the heart to pump harder because of cholesterol build up in the passages

Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to track your steps each day and much cheaper than a personal trainer! Start by wearing the pedometer every day for one week. Put it on when you get up in the morning and wear it until bed time. Record your daily steps in a log or notebook. By the end of the week you will know your average daily steps. You might be surprised how many (or how few) steps you get in each day. 

I’ll let you know how I do and feel free to let me know how it works for you.


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2 Comments to “How many steps do you walk in a day?”
  1. sherry says:

    What kind of pedometer so you use?. I’ve tried it but both pedometers I’ve used haven’t worked properly. I’d like a reliable one without spending to much.

  2. Roneen says:

    I just bought a new one at London Drugs – Omron – it seems really good – you can put it in a pocket, clip it on a bag or your belt. About $29.99 I think. It also gives you history and calories burned. Maybe we should take a walk when you get it?????

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