A Step Counter (Pedometer)…
Is used to measure the number of steps you take in a day
- Is easy to use
- Motivates you to keep active
- Is worn on your waistband at your hip, in line with your foot
- Costs about $25-30
How many steps do you take now?
- Wear a step counter for 7 full days
- Record your steps from the time you get up until you go to bed
- Add your 7 day totals, divide by 7 to get your average number of daily steps. This is your starting point
How can you add steps to your day?
- Include 10 minute walks (800 – 1200 steps) in your day
- Take the stairs
- Park at the far end of the parking lot
- Walk for errands
How many steps are enough?
- Increase your steps gradually. Aim for 8,000 – 13,000 steps per day if you are healthy
- Health Canada recommends 30-60 minutes a day of moderate activity, 4 or more days a week
Consult your physician if you are pregnant, inactive or have health concerns
- Set realistic goals. Increase your steps gradually
- Record your steps on the calendar provided
- Write comments to keep yourself motivated, such as “I slept well”, or “I have more energy”