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Experts say that to stay fit it is important to be physically active
for at least 2½ hours a week. Walking is one of the best things you can do to
be more active. You don't have to do your walking all at once. You can split it
up. It's fine to walk in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and
For most people, walking is an easy and low-cost way to get moving
and stay fit. Using a pedometer or step counter can help you track the number
of steps you take each day. Then you can set goals to take more steps and be
Make wearing your pedometer a habit. Put it on first thing in the morning as
you are getting dressed. Leave it on until you go to bed. Follow these steps to
get the best use out of your pedometer:
Other Works Consulted
Bravata DM, et al. (2007). Using pedometers to increase physical activity and improve health. JAMA, 298(19): 2296–2304.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerHeather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
Current as ofMay 27, 2016
Current as of:
May 27, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
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