Q: I’m looking into purchasing a pedometer for weight loss? What would be the benefit?

pedometerA:  A pedometer is a tool that counts how many steps you walk in a certain time period. This device can be worn from the minute you wake up to the minute you go to bed to determine your level of activity. Most pedometers developed today are non-intrusive and small enough to comfortably wear on your belt or waist.

Television, social media and other hobbies that cause us to be sedentary have also resulted in significant weight gain in the U.S. over time. In addition to encouraging scheduled exercise sessions, increasing your overall baseline level of activity can also contribute to weight loss. Every additional movement you make requires the use of energy, or calories. The more you move, no matter what you are doing, the more calories you burn. A pedometer is basically a feedback tool used to measure your energy output and weight loss.

Your goal should be to walk 10,000 steps per day, the equivalent of five miles. While this may seem like quite a few steps, it adds up over time. Choosing to walk to your co-workers desk other than sending an email will help. Going for a lunch time walk, or parking your car towards the end of the lot will help. Be creative and find ways to move and increase the steps on your pedometer.

For every 2,000 steps you walk, you will burn 100 calories. If you walk 10,000 steps per day for one week, you will lose one pound of fat per week, or approximately 52 pounds in one year, even if you don’t change your diet. Weight loss is surely a convincing reason to monitor your steps.

Set goals, keep a journal and watch the weight easily fall off.

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