Pedometer to your desired weight!

Exercising using a pedometer is important for your physical health to help keep you motivated. If you are in good physical condition because of exercise it also creates a favorable mental condition which keeps you more alert, sharp and better able to focus on your business.

How does a pedometer work?

It senses your body motion and counts your steps and then converts into a distance measurement because you have fed it the information on the length of your usual stride. Wearing one of these instruments and recording your daily steps and distance can really help in motivating you to achieve the goal you set for yourself.

You may have set a goal of 5 km per day or 8,000 steps or 10 to 12,000 steps. Whatever your goal, a step counter is a great motivational tool to help you achieve that goal. You can wear one all day, every day and record your total steps. The alternative is you might just want to wear it only when you go out for a walking workout.

Plan your walk to exercise at a moderate intensity for at least a half an hour each morning, seven days per week. A good brisk walk and stretching will also help you to fall asleep much easier.

Surveys have shown that only those who had morning exercise had beneficial effects on sleep. Anyone who exercised in the evening actually had more trouble falling asleep.

It’s not known precisely why morning exercise helps sleep but one theory is that this may have some effect on the body's daily "circadian" rhythms that affect sleep quality. Morning exercise may get the body clock in alignment, and evening exercise upset it.

Set a goal of distance or steps for each day. The recommended number of steps is 6000 for your health, 10,000+ for weight loss. The best method for weight loss is an uninterrupted brisk walk each day of 4000-6000 steps or more.

Here is some interesting information for you on what the average walking step equivalents are measured in different areas:

1 mile = 2100 average steps. 1 block = 200 average steps 10 minutes of walking = 1200 steps on average Bicycling or swimming = 150 steps for each minute. Weight lifting = 100 steps per minute Roller skating = 200 steps per minute

You can get multi-function pedometers that besides counting steps can give you calorie estimates, speed estimators and stopwatches, clocks and timers, pulse rate and some even have a 7-day memory. This may be more desirable than a simple pedometer because you are able to determine the calories burned and other factors during your daily walk.

The simplest pedometers only count your steps and display steps and/or distance. This is all you really need to track to keep yourself motivated.

You want this simple pedometer to be accurate in its count. Make sure you wear it correctly and you may have to experiment with the best place to wear it. Distance accuracy depends on setting your stride length correctly.

Make sure the display is easy to read and also that it is protected so a bump doesn’t cause the reset button to be activated.

So get yourself a pedometer and ensure you are getting the necessary steps in each day to guide you to better health and more productivity for your business.

Rod Jellison is a semi-retired tax accountant that has more than 30 years of self-employment under his belt. He has shared his experience and insight through seminars, classrooms and one on one instruction.
His love of being an entrepreneur is the motivation for his website.

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