For years we’ve been obsessed with counting calories, for the purpose of tracking how much energy we intake and trying to make a calorie deficit to lose or maintain weight. The reason we do this is because we need to do one of two things or ideally both to lose weight, they are;
- Consume Less (count calories)
- Do more (count steps)
However, you don’t need a FitBit to start counting steps, just a simple Pedometer and a way of tracking your steps, this could be via an onine training software or programme such as myfitnesspal.com or mapmyfitness.com or could simply be with pen & paper.
Why is counting steps good?
We are motivated by things we can achieve and reaching goals, especially a self set goal. It’s internally motivating and this makes it much more likely that we will achieve our goals, target or whatever we have set ourselves. Providing the goal was realistic and achievable we will be continually motivated to achieving more, in this example that means we will be doing more and burning more calories.
How many Steps?
Once you have a weeks worth of steps, you’ll be able to see an average, you’ll want to increase this by a decent amount, doing as much as you can to increase your daily activity level and daily step count. Such as, taking the stairs, walking to work and just finding more excuses to walk like, parking further away from the store entrance when you go to do your weekly shop! Every little really does help (as Tesco might say!)
See the general guide below but if you are already doing an average 5 to 6 thousand steps a day you should be definitely aiming for 10,000 steps.
- Activity Trackers
- Under 5000 steps/day may be used as a “sedentary lifestyle index”
- 5,000-7,499 steps/day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered “low active.” The average American walks 5900 to 6900 steps per day, so the majority are “low active.”
- 7,500-9,999 steps/day likely includes some exercise or walking (and/or a job that requires more walking) and might be considered “somewhat active.”
- 10,000 steps/day indicates the point that should be used to classify individuals as “active”.
- Individuals who take more than 12,500 steps/day are likely to be classified as “highly active”.
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