At the East office location, several patients joined in an effort to keep active through the holiday season by participating in our Step It Up program. The patients wore a pedometer for the months of November and December and tried to reach their step goal of 5,000, 8,000, or 10,000 steps per day. They tracked their steps at home and then filled in a tracking chart at the East office. By the end of the month, several patients actually completed more steps than what they had signed up for!
Pedometers are a great way to have an external cue to get moving in order to increase your activity level and aid with weight maintenance and/or weight loss. The guideline for 10,000 steps per day has been around for 30 plus years and originated in Japan. The goal of 10,000 steps per day is similar to the amount of steps attained in the CDC recommendation of 30-60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Simple ways to increase your steps and reach your step goal are:
- Park further away in the parking lot.
- Park on the opposite side of the mall that you need to go to
- Take the stairs
- Walk to a bathroom at work on another floor
- Walk during your lunch break
- Walk in place or pace while on the phone
- Pace your home while waiting for commercials to be over
- Skip drive-thrus and drive up ATMs and walk in side
- Take laps while you’re waiting for your kid’s practices to be over
- Go for a walk with your dog or spouse