I’m sure I’m not alone here – my weight has always been a bit of a challenge. With regular, vigorous exercise I’m successful at losing weight but always unable to keep up the pace for a prolonged period of time. I guess I’ve come to view my current weight as OK but I don’t like being too sedentary so a couple weeks ago I decided to track my steps knowing that if I was tracking them, I’m just competitive enough to try and increase them.
I bought the new iPad nano – I clip it to my bra strap each morning. In addition to the Nike app that allows me to track steps, I can listen to music or the radio when I’m on longer walks or hikes.
The first few days or so is not really an accurate baseline because I was away from home and dealing with Chesty’s allergies ( he sits quietly when he can sit with me) but I did better the 2nd week. Personally I think it will be easier here at home because I walk a lot of places. I’ll just need to “step it up” a bit.
Not really ready for the 10,000 steps per day thing I did a little research and found these classifications from NIH and am setting my daily goal at >5000
Based on currently available evidence, we propose the following preliminary indices be used to classify pedometer-determined physical activity in healthy adults: (i). <5000 steps/day may be used as a 'sedentary lifestyle index'; (ii). 5000-7499 steps/day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered 'low active'; (iii). 7500-9999 likely includes some volitional activities (and/or elevated occupational activity demands) and might be considered 'somewhat active'; and (iv). >or=10000 steps/day indicates the point that should be used to classify individuals as ‘active’. Individuals who take >12500 steps/day are likely to be classified as ‘highly active’.
This is how I’ve done since starting and it will be interesting to see how being home effects the numbers.
Does anyone else use a pedometer to monitor/increase their activity? I’m loving the Nano for this!