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Energy Saver: Pedometer
Small Steps, Giant Rewards
How many hours a day do you spend sitting each day? Do you find it laughable to think that you could squeeze in time for a workout routine?
You’re not alone.
Almost all of us struggle to find time to exercise. Yet all of us know we should. We’ve heard about the studies that show how spending the majority of the day sitting makes us more vulnerable to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, multiple forms of cancer, and early death. Lesser known is that too much sitting can also interfere with our mood, ability to focus, and our productivity.
Instead of trying to set aside a specific period of time for your exercise, why not buy a pedometer and keep track of how many steps you are taking? Try to shoot for 10,000—the recommended amount to ensure you are fit and getting enough movement in your day.
Hopefully, it will be good motivation to walk the extra few blocks to the store instead of driving or grabbing a cab, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. As our work at The Energy Project reveals time after time, person after person, when you can track your progress toward a goal, you are much more likely to reach it.
There are lots of pedometers out there, and one we recommend is the Omron Digital Pedometer. It costs under $25 and allows you to wear it attached to your belt, in our pocket, clipped to your bra, or anywhere else that it stays perpendicular to the ground. It makes no sound, and has a seven-day memory, so you can keep track of your progress.
The more you move your body, the better you will feel—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Try it out, let us know how it works for you, and share your tips for squeezing a few extra steps into your day.
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My company recently started a new healthy initiative program, partnering with Virgin Healthmiles. It is a program that gives employee's a cash incentive for being active. It is tracked through the use of a pedometer. It has been a wonderful motivator for our employee's as they can "challenge" other employee's and the company can put out new challenges as well, that help the staff to get moving a bit. I highly recommend this program! I believe we are slowly becoming a more fit workplace.
@ 2011/09/13 04:28:10 PM