10,000 steps per day is a lot, if you're new to walking, and if you have MS. Wear the pedometer all day. Start with going for a "do-able" walk that day, see how many steps you accumulate. Then, just add a little bit every week. Can break up walks into 2 or 3, if it's easier.
I usually average about 3000 steps per day. A day with a lot of walking for me is about 5000. I could do more, if I took my own advice (more walks), but, I can't walk for more than 20 minutes at a time, due to stamina issues related to my MS (and, I'm starting to do more than I used to. Will, hopefully, keep increasing.). I also can't walk very fast.
Do what you can.
Wearing a pedometer helps motivate me. Without it, I'd likely only walk 1/2 as much some days.
I've centered my weight loss mostly on eating habits. It's only in the last month or two that I've been beginning to be more focused on exercise. I set manageable goals and increase them slowly. My philosophy is that it's better to start slow and keep improving than to try to do too much. Then I just get discouraged and throw in the towel and don't do anything at all.
P.S.: One of our SparkTeam members with MS posted once, on her blog, that she walks 10 minutes per hour, for a total of 10,000 steps per day. I don't expect to be that disciplined, but, it gives me hope that I can keep improving.
Edited by: MAMABUGAZ at: 2/12/2011 (22:42)
Doing It With Multiple Sclerosis;
2005-2009: 185 lbs. Some minor yo-yo-ing.
2010/Sept: 180 lbs; Waist 46"
2011/Jan 1: 160 lbs; May 22: 133 lbs for DD's wedding
2012/Jan 1: 119.8 lbs; May 1 117.2 lbs
2013/Jan 1 - 121.2 lbs
Monthly wt is in my SP intro
Reached 118 lbs for about 6 months; working hard to maintain weight, w peri-menopuase now;
Goal range: 107-118 lbs/W31.5. Under 123 OK
| current weight: 121.6