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People walk 1 mile more if wearing a pedometer

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Studies have found that if people wear a pedometer, they end up walking an average of a mile more throughout the day (vs. those who didn't wear one)- even if they can't see how many steps are being logged. Participants set a daily step goal and kept a diary of their progress. The goal and diary seemed to be key: those in the study who didn't set a goal and didn't log their progress didn't increase their activity.

This reinforces something we talk about a lot on SparkPeople- the importance of setting goals and tracking your progress as a way to get you where you want to go! So if you've ever considered not tracking your cardio or strength training in the fitness tracker, this study might make you think again!

If you're interested in purchasing a pedometer but aren't sure what to look for, check out the article "Get Fit the Right-Left-Right Way" (
fitness_articles.asp?id=327) in the Fitness Resource Center.
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    What a great article! I purchased a pedometer and found it amazing to see how active I was from one day to the next. I am healing from a broken hip. I found that I needed a healthy balance between getting exercise and resting for my hip to strengthen. The pedometer was one way of seeing when I sat too much.

    I need to get to a safe place to walk now as it is getting bitter cold in Michigan....and my joint hurts and aches sometimes. I have inflamed it by other stretching, so as I say it is a healthy balance.

    I appreciated the article!
    3827 days ago
    There is a free site called "Walk to Whistler". The site figures out for you how far it is to walk from your town to the 2010 Olympics (for me it is 940 Km and I am now on my third trip) It is inspiring to track my steps and the site helps keep me motivated. Give it a try. One walker will be randomly drawn to win two tickets to the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics.
    3829 days ago
  • HELP4ME2
    I am far more motivated to walk since I bought a pedometer. I set a goal of 10,000 step a day. I go to the mall before work and usually get in my steps. Weekends really through me off but I am going to work on that also.
    3829 days ago
    My workplace had an initiative last spring and I wore a pedometer for 8 weeks. The program had a website to track the steps and It converted every workout to "steps" but I also wore a pedometer everywhere. In that 8 weeks, I tracked over 1,000,000 steps! The friendly competition really made me want to get in as much exercise as possible and win! There were approximately 500 users and teams were the focus. Our team won!
    3829 days ago
  • RIVER0
    I love my pedometer. I bought it in August, wearing it sporadically. It wasn't until I set my goal at 5000 steps a day, that I really kicked it into gear. I added a walk on my lunch hour and then found more reasons to keep moving at home. I bumped my goal up to 8000 steps for October and November and am getting ready to boost it to 9000 for December. Honestly, it doesn't seem to matter whether my goal is 5000 or 8000. It's just exciting to look at the numbers and say "Hey! I'm at 4000 steps and it's only 11:00 in the morning!" and there is nothing like being just a few hundred steps away from 10,000 to get yourself up out of the chair in the evening for just a "short walk"!!
    3830 days ago
    I volunteer in a hospital and we had a special emphasis on walking in October called "Walktober" and we all received pedometers and kept track of our steps each day. It was fun and really motivated me to get more steps than I did the day before. I recommend getting a pedometer and making it a game by challenging yourself on beating your own personal best!
    3830 days ago
    I love my pedometer, and it is true, I walk more when I have it on, even if I am not constantly looking at it.
    3830 days ago
    Thats pretty crazy. I have been debating getting one and I think I really will wind up getting one. Any extra movement is a plus so why not right?!

    Thanks for sharing too! :)
    3833 days ago
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