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A Step Counter (Pedometer)…

 

Pedometer imageIs 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

 

Getting Started...

 

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

 

Record It!...

 

  • 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”
 

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