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Can you tell I love to walk?! lol It is because it is natural and sooo good for you! I believe walking with my pedometer adding steps will be in the end what saves my life. (and no matter what I weigh I am beautiful!) http://aprilwalks.com

Pedometers Show High Step Count, Low Obesity

How many steps per day are enough to keep you trim and prevent obesity? A pedometer study of an Old Order Amish community showed that their average
man logged 18,000 steps per day and their average woman logged 14,000 steps per day, and they had one of the lowest rates of overweight and obesity of any community in North America.

Old Ways = Active Ways

While typical North Americans find logging 10,000 steps a day to be a challenge, requiring dedicated walking time to accomplish, the Old Order
Amish achieved it with ease with their typical daily activities. In fact, the only day their average dipped as low as 10,000 steps was on Sunday, their "day of rest." The farming community was studied in March at a
moderate-activity time rather than high-activity time of year such as during harvest. The Old Order Amish shun any technology developed after the
mid-1800's. This pre-electrical, pre-motorized lifestyle involves much physical activity.

Pedometer Study

The 96 Amish studied wore pedometers for a week and recorded their daily steps and other physical activity. They also calculated the Body Mass Index
(BMI) for each participant. Use of the pedometers and scales did not violate Amish traditions because they were borrowed. The participants were men and women, ages 18-75, in an Old Order Amish community in Ontario, Canada. The study was published in the January, 2004 "Medicine & Science in Sports & xercise," and conducted by David R. Bassett, Jr. and associates of the University of Tennessee. High Activity = Lower Body Fat None of the men were obese, and only 2 of the women were obese, an overall rate of 4% obesity as measured as a BMI of 30 or more. This compares to 14.9% obesity rate in Canada and 30.9% in the USA. Overweight rates were also far below average. Only 26% were overweight, which is half of the rate for Canadians and one third the rate of the USA.

Of note is that the obesity rates for this community do not compare to that of more sedentary Amish communities where they work in tourist shops and furniture factories. In those communities the obesity rate is similar to their non-Amish neighbors. It might be predicted that it is the high-activity farming lifestyle that keeps this Amish community lean.

Eating Like the Amish

Their diet is not low-carb or low-fat. The study says, "The Amish diet is typical of the pre-World War II rural diet. It includes meat, potatoes, gravy, eggs, vegetables, bread, pies, cakes, and is quite high in fat and refined sugar." But it is balanced with a high physical activity level. This is more typical of marathon training or other endurance sport training, where carbs are considered fuel rather than shunned. This Amish community rarely snacks between meals and has limited access to fast food.

Up Your Activity

Sedentary...............less than 5,000 steps/day
Low Active..............5,000-7,499 steps/day
Somewhat Active....7,500-9,999 steps/day
Active....................10,000-12,500 steps/day
Highly Active...... ...12,501+ steps/day
Old Order Amish women with very low, 4% obesity:
..............................14,000+ steps per day


Walking has been proven to reduce, prevent, cure and/or lessen the effects of just about every sickness or disease in existence. Dr. Nirenberg!


25 minutes of walking a day can add up to 7 years to your life.

Member Since: 1/22/2011

Fitness Minutes: 7,342

My Goals:
Get to a healthy and happy me with walking and eating real food!

280 ville: DONE!
270 ville: DONE!
260 ville: DONE!
250 ville:
240 ville:
230 ville:
220 ville:
210 ville:
200 ville:
190 ville:
180 ville:

Sedentary.....less than 5,000 steps/day - DONE!

Low Active.....5,000-7,499 steps/day -

Somewhat Active....7,500-9,999 steps/day

Active....10,000-12,500 steps/day

Highly Active...12,501+ steps/day

Old Order Amish women with very low, 4% obesity:
...14,000 steps/day

My Program:
Walk, Walk, Walk - get healthy through walking only! (no dieting ever again)(eating real food)

Right now 5500 steps adding 500 per month avg until my goal of 10,000 steps per day, working my way up to 14,000 steps per day

Personal Information:
Health Problems:

Heart (V-Tach)
Type 2 Diabetes
High Tryglicerides (lowered with walking)
High Blood Pressure (lowered with walking)
Peri Menopause
Peridontitis (gum disease)
Plantar Fascitis
Kidney Disease (stage 1) (in remission thanks to walking)
Fatty Liver Disease

To get off as many meds and to cross off as many health problems as I can!

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