31 Days Of Health Tip #12 – Make Them Count

January 17, 2012

How many steps do you think you take in a day?

500?

1,000?

It all depends on the type of job you do, and what kind of shape you’re in. A sedentary person may only take 1,000-2,000 steps a day, whereas a person who is on their feet a lot for work or exercise may take anywhere from 3,000-12,000 steps a day.

A healthy goal is to get to as close to 10,000 steps a day. If this sounds impossible, it really isn’t. It’s a very attainable goal for many, if you have the right tool and gumption to do it.

The tool I’m referring to is a pedometer. Studies have shown that on average, a person who wears a pedometer to measure their steps walks farther each day than the average person, and steadily increases their count. Pedometers start as little as $3, so it’s an inexpensive tool to have while you’re on your journey to 10,000.

It may come down to accountability and beating your record – if you make a challenge out of it, you may find yourself taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking to the next meeting instead of hopping on the shuttle. When I used to live in a third-floor walk-up after college, I would grab as many grocery bags as I could and begin counting my steps from car door to fridge. I made it a game, and it lessened the load a bit.

Speaking of lessening the load, there are great health benefits to walking. It helps to lower blood pressure, improves your cardiovascular fitness, and you can even lose weight – provided you stick with a healthy diet.

Another thing it can help do is prevent heart disease. We’ve closing in on February, which is American Heart Month, and if you start today you could very well get up to the 10,000 steps a day goal by then!

 

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  1. Lisa says:

    I received a double lung transplant at
    barnes in June I have gained 28# back. I would like to loose about 15#. I do 100 situps leg lifts 3 times holding for 1 min each arm weight 10# 3 different ways 30 times each this routine takes me about half an hour I then walk on the treadmill for 30-50 min. I do this whole routine everyday I watch what I eat I do have hypothryiodism I have only lost 2# since christmas am I doing something wrong or not enough..

    • Kristin Hall says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Congratulations on your double lung transplant! Our department has had the pleasure of meeting with many transplant patients over the years, and if there’s anything we’ve learned is that the healing process takes time and it’s different for everyone.

      Our suggestion to you is to reach out to your transplant coordinator, who has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to keeping healthy post-transplant. She or he will be able to guide you on your road to fitness and wellness.

      Thanks so much for the question, and we wish you the best in your recovery!

      Sincerely,

      Kristin Hall
      Social Media Team

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