Seriously, everyone should add a pedometer to his/her fitness program.
The great thing about pedometers is they make you realize how sedentary you are. If you clip one on in the morning and wear it till you’re about to go to bed at night, you will be able to see how many steps you take during an average day. Some of you might be shocked at how little you “step” during the day, especially those of you with cubicle jobs. In fact, some of you might be terrified after your first day of wearing a pedometer, because it will make you confront how sedentary you really are and perhaps lead you to conclude that you are rapidly becoming an unhealthy, artery-clogged blob with carpel tunnel syndrome, slowly dying behind a computer screen. Scream, Cry, stomp your feet ( Hey, you might get a few more steps that way) and then commit to moving or stepping more the next day.
Of course, people might give you strange looks as you attempt to meet your STEPS goal. I walked into a bar today and the bartender asked me if I wanted a beer.
“No thank you! I’m just here to take a few steps. Maybe I’ll take 12,” I joked. Laughter did not ensue, but every once in a while we all tell bad jokes.
I stepped around a Bed and Bath store, smelling candles giving off “Caribbean scents” and “Pumpkin Freshness” and “Coconut Delights.” The woman asked me if I’d like to purchase Today’s special, 3 small candles for 10 dollars.
“No thank you! I’m just in here to get a few more steps.” She looked confused. Oh, well, it happens.
I walked into a church and took 27 steps all the way to the alter, where, as luck would have it, I didn’t ignite. Pedometers for Jesus? I’m in!
I stepped around a pet store in between playing with rambunctious furry balls of life, thinking if I bought a dog, I’d have to walk the dog, and that would be even MORE steps!
I went into two different bakeries and inquired about gluten-free cupcakes. They didn’t make them, but that’s okay, because I was just stepping around.
To meet my goal, I ended up walking up 12 flights of stairs to my apartment instead of taking the elevator. My glutes were in pain, but I made my step goal so it was all worth it! 🙂
During my stepping adventure, I sometimes would stop mid-step just to see what my pedometer was recording. Luckily, my pedometer was measuring steps properly, however there were moments I looked like a psycho playing Freeze tag with myself. It’s okay, though. Sometimes you have to look psycho to make sure your pedometer is functioning properly.
Don’t worry about converting your steps into miles. When you buy your pedometer ( Or download an app to your iphone, etc.,) they almost always include a chart for converting steps into miles. If you are super-into it, you can also figure out how many calories each step burns. Pedometers are also relatively cheap… especially when compared to things like heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. ( Ahem)
Sooo000…., have I convinced you yet to start your stepping adventure? Perhaps it will make you aware of ways you can increase the amount of steps you take in life, because, rest assured, there are ways all of us can do that. But no matter how you do it, make each step fun. If stepping is a chore, you won’t do it. No one likes chores.
I got mine from www.sportline.com. I purchased the Qlip ANY-WEAR pedometer.
Also, don’t forget to thank your body once you’re through taking steps for the day. Walking is incredibly complex, involves a ton of muscles and truly a physiological and physics phenomenon. Be grateful if you can walk. ( Thank you, Body!) 🙂
Warning: If you’re exceedingly OCD, use pedometers with caution. You don’t want anything in your life that triggers an all-out Rainman episode.