Setting a goal for 10,000 steps a day helps keep me motivated to move more. I checked my steps one day just walking around during the commercials in a one hour program and got 1,000. I didn't even walk the whole time. Finding more ways to move, even if it is marching in place, is better than doing nothing. Keep up the good work.
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1,474 1/27/13 12:44 P
Well, I think the point of the 10,000 steps a day is to encourage movement not so much for calorie count. I know people using certain devices (I use a fitbit) might look at or use the calorie count in some way. In terms of the general activity goal, marching in place definitely counts. One of the reasons I started step counting is because I read that many people who exercise regularly are pretty sedentary outside exercise. So for me it is in large part a way to keep myself moving in addition to exercise and to reduce my time spent sedentary.
As far as the energy expenditure, I am not sure. But that isn't really the exact purpose of the 10,000 steps per day (though someone meeting it certainly burns more than they would with the more typical 5,000 steps per day if they legitimately gained them--i.e. not putting their pedometer on a dog or toe tapping. LOL!). There are popular indoor walking workout dvds that actually involve movements like marching in place. I have tried a couple, I do find my heart rate monitor reports a very heart rate and calorie burn estimate to what I see walking outside on relatively flat ground. They are not as intense as I would prefer on an intentional cardio day, but they do feel nice and are a good way to move. I find them a bit dull though, so I sometimes borrow moves I've seen in these workouts and I do them sometimes while watching tv when I feel I wasn't active enough in the day (i.e. low step count). They do tend to move the arms a lot though--so I suspect just the stepping must be a slightly lower intensity than walking with movement. But a march with high knees--a lot of intense cardio workouts in include this movement and if you do it fast enough it can realy get the heart rate up. If that is the goal. Often with steps per day, the goal is really just movement.
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1/27/13 12:10 P
Looking at so many posts below, I am trying to understand how marching in place and walking could be the same in terms of energy expenditure. Mechanically I doubt they are the same. I also doubt very much that you spend the same amount of energy as walking by marching in place.
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88,052 1/27/13 2:14 A
YES IT COUNTS.
1/26/13 9:14 P
Whew! I'm glad I'm not "cheating"! Yes, I am marching (or doing high knees, or going from side to side). I honestly never thought about putting it on my shoe - what's the point? I like the idea of doing it while drying my hair! Thanks for the suggestion :)
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1/26/13 9:09 P
I used to march in place or step side to side when blow-drying my hair and brushing my teeth.
1/26/13 8:27 P
As long as you're not just shifting your weight from one leg to the other, I would count it. I frequently jog in place while on hold or waiting for the microwave and I DEFINITELY count those steps. :)
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1/26/13 7:14 P
I would think so but don't take my word for it. It's moving in place and stepping just not going foward. That is awesome that you walk in place like that when you can't get outside maybe I should follow your lead and do the same thing cause it is hard for me to also get outside when it is really cold. Good for you and keep up the good work!
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46,222 1/26/13 7:11 P
As long as you are doing the work, I would count it. What I would not count--is putting the pedometer on your foot and tapping it...I kid you not, my hubby''s company allows us special perks for getting in at least 7,000 steps a day and this was one of the ways they told us people cheat...that and putting it on your dog. Silly, huh???
1/26/13 6:55 P
Help! I have a question....it is difficult for me to get outside during the winter the way I do the rest of the year so I have taken to marching in place at work when I'm on the phone or doing some filing. Should those steps be counted toward my goal of 10,000 per day or is that cheating?
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