Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to track your steps. Start by wearing the pedometer every day from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed, for one week. Record your daily steps in a notebook. By the end of the week you will know your average daily steps by taking the total and dividing by the number of days. You may be surprised how many steps you get in each day.
A reasonable goal is 10,000 steps per day. The average person’s stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. Therefore it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile and 10,000 steps is almost 5 miles. A reasonable goal for most people is to increase their daily steps each week by 500 per day until you can easily walk 10,000 per day. Remember, this is a starting point to work towards, it a motivator. It is, however, recommended that most individuals fit 30 to 60 minutes of dedicated walking or other exercise into their routine at least 3 to 4 days a week.
Use your imagination and come up with your own list of how to increase your walking:
- Take a walk with a friend
- Walk the dog
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator
- Park farther from the work or a store
Oh My Sole! “Prescription for Walking”
W4L™ CLASSIC Single Function Digital Pedometer
How To Wear Your Pedometer: Place the pedometer on the waistband of your clothing or belt. Position it close to the midline of your thigh in an upright position. It should fit snug to your body and not hang loose. The pedometer needs to be completely closed to function properly
Press the RESET button until display is visible.
Press and hold the RESET button until a zero appears; you are now ready to begin walking. W4L™ pedometers feature a delayed reset button. RESET Button should be pressed gently with the pad of finger and held for approximately 2 seconds to clear step count. The display will flash during the three second interval to signal that resetting is underway.
Walk4life pedometers are “green friendly” helping the environment by preserving battery life. If the pedometer is inactive for 5 minutes, it will automatically turn off and a blank screen is displayed.
Simply walk or move the pedometer and the unit will resume counting. (Note: No data is lost during this period.)