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3/23/12 7:11 A

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My husband bought me a pedometer, I used it for the first time yesterday, and it broke. He's exchanging it and I can't wait to get a new one. Pushing for 10,000 steps a day gives me a new incentive to work for.

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3/23/12 6:29 A

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Wow ! I need to get a Pedometer today



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3/23/12 6:07 A

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I got my pedometer for Christmas and wear it every day. I also picked up some colored dot stickers and on my calendar, at the end of the day, I write my steps and put a green dot if it was over 10,000 and a yellow for 5,000 to 9,999 and a red dot if I got less than 5,000. I can see from a distance how I am doing for the month. Red days happen but I try for fewer and fewer each month.emoticon

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3/22/12 10:19 P

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I just got a pedometer today!

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3/22/12 8:08 P

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Thanks for all the responses! I try to remain fairly active most days of the week and that's easier now that the weather is nice. Today I took the dog for a short walk, mowed the yard and then went for a walk with my hubby when he got done working. Oops...today was supposed to be a rest day! LOL Anyway, I plan on using tomorrow as my rest day since I have a 5k on Saturday morning.

I did consider that even when I don't get in 10,000 steps every day that usually I could total it to 70,000 in the week. If I don't make the 10,000 steps its usually because I've spent too much time on the computer, making jewelry or working on some other craft or I've had to spend several hours in the car (closest family is 4-5 hours away; 2 hours each way to get the kids from college, etc).

For those who asked about pedometers:
1. Yes I wear mine all the time. I think ALL steps should count because our aim is to increase physical activity of any sort...walking from room to room, sweeping, it doesn't matter. It all adds up. Maybe not as quickly as walking at 4 mph, but it helps.
2. My pedometer is an Omron. I think it's an HJ-112. I've had it for a couple years and I love it. I had 2 or 3 other pedometers before this one, all on the cheaper side (around $10) and they just didn't last and were definitely inaccurate. It's worth the investment to get a better one.
3. For those of you who are currently struggling just getting in a few hundred steps/day, just keep working at what YOU can do. This is your journey to be followed at your pace, using your plan. Keep up the great work!

Thanks again!
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3/22/12 6:41 P

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I had a pedometer and was logging 1,000 steps and sometimes a little more. I still have it, but it began to be inaccurate.

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3/22/12 6:09 P

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I am very impressed with your employer, Adriennie! I bet they have happy, healthy employees with low absenteeism.
Congrats on meeting your goal weight!

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3/22/12 6:06 P

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I'm really lucky. My employer is willing to buy me (and my husband) a perdometer. The one we use is associated with virgin health miles. It hooks up with your computer and steps and other things convert to healthmiles. I just reached level two and got $100 added to my health account that pays for deductibles and co-insurance. Right now they are having a challenge to get over 10000 steps for 10 days for 100 points and over 10000 for 13 days for 200 points. It really motivates me to get out there. It was probably instrumental in getting me past a 6 week plateau and getting to my goal weight. It just happened this past Tuesday.

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3/22/12 5:28 P

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Your original question was how to get 10,000 steps on your rest day. Like some others, I go for 70,000 per week. I aim at 10,000 per day, though. So on "rest" days, I don't push it, but go for casual walks outside and just try to be up and active around the house. Resting does not mean total inactivity to me. Casual walking is still resting to me. I use a Fitbit pedometer and I love it. I often take the long way just to get more steps recorded.

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3/22/12 3:01 P

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I enjoy wearing a pedometer, my previous employer had an excellent wellness program and we earned points that converted to gift cards and other items based on how much we walked. I still wear my pedometer now and try to get 10,000 a day, it really is interestng to see how much (or little) you are walking. If anyone is looking for a pedometer, I recommend the Omron HJ-720ITC, it comes with software and you download your data just as you would download pictures from a camera. Amazon.com usually has it on sale or offers free shipping (no I'm not getting paid to endorse them, just a happy customer!)

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3/22/12 11:59 A

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So I live in town and if I walked my dog twice a day around town I could get like 5000 steps in. A few people have been telling me to keep my pedometer on me all day and even count the steps inside the house.
Do others do this? To me those are useless steps, steps that are slow and not meant for a purpose. Should those be counted?
I thought the ones that should be counted are getting out of the house, maybe even the walking you do while doing yard work. Not walking back and forth from the couch to the fridge or to the bathroom... Anyone else have thoughts on that?

And for those of you who are wondering about pedometers... I started using my iPod 6th gen and I like it. Tracks time steps and calories. Its part of the Nike+ so you can even add it to the Nike+ site. Kinda cool if you use it.

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3/22/12 11:08 A

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Great idea. I like the 500 step increments. I did 5000 yesterday that was at work and I walk alot there. It is my days off that I will have to get creative about walking the steps. :) This helps me understand I don't have to do it all at once. Thanks.



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3/22/12 10:33 A

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Yes. It counts as 150 steps for each minute you ride the stationary bike.

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I absolutely love the idea of 10,000 steps/day, but I'm having so many problems b/c I'm so overweight. You are giving me encouragement saving that you worked your way up from 500 steps per day. That is awesome!!!

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3/22/12 9:37 A

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I do strength training daily, rotating muscle groups. I do calisthenics daily. I have never found a pair of shoes (any kind: athletic, flats, heels, sandals - that would enable me to walk this much. The soles of my feet hurt, the toes hurt.) I can use the stationary bicycle, but not the treadmill for over 5 minutes. Strangely enough, I can walk endlessly on grass or sand, barefoot.My legs never get tired. I did go under my goal weight, and never went over my caloric recommendation - not even once - in over 7 months. I agree walking is good - but totally not for me.

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3/22/12 9:19 A

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Since my plan is 5 days of cardio and 6 days of strength training, I take my one rest day pretty seriously! If I get 10,000 steps, awesome (better still if it was fun stuff like going shopping or taking a walk with the hubs). But if I don't? I really don't worry about it, especially if I've really kicked my own butt in my workouts that week, which is always my goal! I figure that giving my muscles a day off to really recharge makes me even stronger going into my workouts the following week. Just what works for me!

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Most days, I get my 10K steps. But it was a one "step" at a time process.

I started out with 500. Yes, only 500. I moved up in 500 step increments until I hit 5000. That was a major plateau. But I broke it by adding 100/WEEK until I hit 6000. At that point I got so inspired I went back to adding 500/week.

Now it's like breathing. I do it without having to remind myself or make myself. It just feels so good.

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3/22/12 7:16 A

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Does bike riding count as steps?

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I spin regularly--anywhere from 9 - 17 miles some days--does that count at steps?

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3/22/12 6:53 A

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I get on the treadmill every day. Today, Wednesday, I walked 14,015 steps. I am determined to lose more weight by early June!

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I had never heard the 10,000 steps a day, but I walk 5.1 miles everyday on the treadmill. I have started parking my car as far away as I can from the office door, and climbing the stairs everyday. I think you learn to incorporate those type of things over time.

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3/21/12 11:03 P

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I walk everywhere I can, take the stairs and print stuff at a printer farther away from my desk. When the weather is nice, I go out for a walk. I move as much as I can during the day!



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3/21/12 10:47 P

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It takes a concerted effort to get in 10,000 steps/day. I don't make it every day.

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3/21/12 10:23 P

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For sure!



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3/21/12 9:49 P

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I just make sure I get 6 miles. I do not care for the 10,000 steps. I am losing weight period.



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3/21/12 7:09 P

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Not even close ! I wear mine everyday to work, and most days I only reach around the 3500 mark. I sit behind a desk and have to force myself to get up every now and again when it's possible to do so.

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3/21/12 5:20 P

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On my rest days I still try to do some sort of activity like walk around the block or park farther away. I just am not concerned with counting the steps, etc...



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3/21/12 5:14 P

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I love my pedometer. I find I want to move more, just to get the number higher... it gives me a more defined sense of accomplishment. I got an Omron HJ-113...it's a great little pedometer, and quite simple...

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What is a decent pedometer to get?



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I'm actually shooting for at least 7000.

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With my pedometer I was racking over 10k everyday.... for Christmas my husband bought me a fitbit - OMG I love it - it tracks steps, calories burned, stairs climb - sleep patterns, food and activity (the sleep and activity are tracked by turning on the stop watch) - but I had to change my activities because I couldn't get 10k.... the fitbit can be manually corrected to match your stride, etc.... but it says it's 98% correct with just your weight and height. So now I'm more active (running almost everyday and walking everyday after dinner, plus I have a treadmill, so on those not so nice days and can still get my steps in.... and I do the WII step routine. I now average over 11k a day



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3/21/12 2:49 P

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One thing that I do that helps me get to stepping is i look for long ways to do everything. At work I park far away, take the long way to the bathroom & breakroom , walk versus send an email I have found those small changes rack up higher numbers.



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3/21/12 2:28 P

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My base goal is 10,000 per day but shoot for 14,000. Last week it was great averaging around 12,000 a day. This week so far average around 7,500. Trying to walk every night helps me meet my goal.

Plus what helps alot is since I get to work at 8, my bosses around 10 I can walk around the office and build up the steps to get to the 10,000





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I exercise every morning & just try to MOVE all day long!

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3/21/12 12:44 P

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I actually do NOT worry about it on my rest day and I turn off the streak tracker that tells me so that I don't feel guilty about it. I'd honestly think that if your goal is 10,000 steps a day, that if you get 70,000 steps in a week, you are good.
It's kind of like the calorie differential. SparkPeople doesn't recommend you look at it per day, but rather per week.
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I am blessed that my job keeps me walking constantly...getting me in over the daily10000 steps. The weekends I try to aim for the 10000 steps...little harde but still obtainable. Good luck everyone!

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I average 6,000, but from day to day it can range from 2,500 to 10,500. The days that I do more are running days.

It's useful to go back to 'why' 10,000 steps are recommended. Doctors have looked at people who have good CV fitness, who are lean, and generally healthy, and found that getting in 10,000 steps is one way some people are maintaining that. These are people who probably walk to their workplace, or move a lot while working, or who have dogs to exercise twice a day! They haven't set out to walk 10,000 steps, it is just part of their lifestyle.

From that doctors can say 'One way to maintain good health is to walk 10,000 steps a day'. It's a good form of exercise to recommend because most people can walk without risk of injury, including the elderly, and it requires no special equipment.

The 'BUT' is that the 10,000 steps are not 'As well as...' because there are other ways of getting in enough exercise and if you do, you may not need to worry about steps.

The advice in the UK is to get in 150 minutes of light cardio a week - brisk walking is one way of achieving this. So if you got in 4,000 steps a day normally, and added 2.5 hours of brisk walking each week, you probably would be up at 10,000 steps a day. But your light cardio could equally be other activities that get you a little breathless, like gardening or gentle swimming.

The UK guidelines also give you the option of doing more moderate to intense cardio in which case you don't need to do as much - so if you can do 75mins jogging or swimming over the week then you get the same benefits in less time. Or you can mix it up - 30 mins intense cardio is worth 60 mins of light cardio. So you could run for 30 mins once a week and get in a couple of 45 minute walks and reach the target that way. They also recommend 2-3 strength sessions.

So I'm relaxed that I don't get in 10,000 steps every day, because I know that over the week I am doing enough to build and then maintain my fitness.

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I get them in because eating for little or no exercise makes darn boring meals..

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emoticon I have not even once gotten 10 thousand steps in.
Maybe part is due to my smaller house, but also because we have a sick dog and I just can't leave him behind lately. Either my husband or I are at home with him at all times. But even before he got so sick (Cancer) I still was not able to get much over 4000 and not even evry day. Now that the snow is all gone maybe I will perk up and be able to do more. I hope so.

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I have been using a pedometer for two months now..every day all day until the minute I sit down at my bed for the night to sleep. 10,000 steps is about 3 miles. If you walk 45 minutes a day you get most of those steps in. I always get my 10,000 steps in. I am only 5'2" and I weigh 245. If I can't get outside, I have a pattern that works for me in my house. I constantly walk for 45 min in the house when I can't get outside. Before I walked 45 mintues a day, I had some difficulty getting in my 10,000 steps. I would walk aimlessly to get those steps in. For people who are taller than me, your stride is longer and probably 60 minutes will get you to 6000 steps. I have a OMRON Gosmart pedometer and today right now at almost midnight which will change back to 0 and stores up to 7 days of data (yes I have done my research on pedometers!) I have 11525 steps and have walked 3.27 miles today. That includes my 45 minute walk. I have burned 478 KCALS. My 45 minute walk gave me 5713 aerobic steps which is part of the 11525 steps. I suggest anyone counting steps have a good pedometer.



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I also attempt to get as many steps a day as I can. If I feel I haven't done enough throughout the day then I will do more steps while I'm watching TV. I try to get my legs up as high as I can to really work my quads too. It's simply walking in place and it works.



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Joyce, I walk in place a lot at home. It's pretty easy to do, actually, if you can keep the "gotta do this" in your consciousness. Looks stupid, but gets the job done!

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I have found it useful to have the goal of 10000 steps, and find it makes me think more about what I am doing and how much I am moving. I don't translate it into distances, and don't really care about that, but just try my best to get to my goal number of steps each day. I also have some days off factored in so I don't freak myself out with what I have to do!! I have recently been using a 10000 steps webpage to set myself 'virtual' walking goals (currently supposedly walking around Britain even though I live in Australia!), which is quite fun too and for some reason helps to keep me on track. I feel better doing the exercise too. I know these types of activity don't work for everyone, but for some reason they do for me!
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my dietician told me to start out at 5minutes 3 times a day and build up from there. I can not even make it to day one without giving up.emoticon

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I do not like that 10,000 steps. That is like 8 miles to get 10,000 steps. My husband's heart doctor wants him to that. That is stupid. Because the doctor is health he can do that. I walk 6 miles a day. Just say 8 miles a day quit hiding it.



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I thought 2,000 steps was 1 mile? so are people actually steppin to 5 miles a day? OMG! Im on my feet on concrete floor 8 to 10 hours aday constantly moving,I log in about 4000 a day, and I still struggle to lose weight! its all I can do to walk my dog around the block when I get home!

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3/20/12 2:47 P

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I try to get my 10,000 steps in on my other 6 days (I have one day off). I also struggle with not getting enough steps on my workout days, tho because sometimes my exercise is skating, and that doesn't count as "steps" so I go by minutes on those days. I do require myself to go on at least a 10 min walk on my rest day. I have the fitbit tracker, so it adds my steps for the week, which is nice because you see the big picture. Good luck!



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3/20/12 1:04 P

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I'm starting to now understand how to properly manage and track my nutrition. For a socialite like myself trying to balance what to eat when i'm out has proven to be very difficult.

My workout schedule for the next 28 days WILL incorporate more Zumba classes, more spin and aerobics classes. My two days of rest are usually the weekends but since the time has changed I've decided to take advantage and walk 1hr each day which should be equivalent to 10,000 steps a dayemoticon

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3/20/12 10:36 A

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What I do in my rest days, actually if I take any rest days at all, depends on what I have accomplished that week up to that day. If I have not done enough, I don't take rest days. If I am already near the weekly caloric expenditure goal, or if I exceed it a bit, then I take my rest days, and not worry about burning more calories. I do strength training in those days, using my own body weight.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 3/20/2012 (10:37)
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3/20/12 8:52 A

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My workout plan includes 5 days of cardio with the other two days as "rest" days. My cardio primarily consists of walking or walk/jog intervals with occasionally bike riding (outside or stationary). On the days that I have cardio scheduled, I really don't have much problem getting in 10,000 steps and depending on the weather and what else I do during the day, I frequently get in between 12,000 and 15,000 on these days. My problem is on my "rest" days. While I frequently will still go for walks when the weather is nice, if I truly use the day as a rest day, I don't get anywhere near 10,000 steps in a day.

How do you get your 10,000 steps in on your rest days or do you not worry about it?

Joyce


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