PCOS, Walking, Pedometers…Oh My!
New Years is a time when people often resolve to lose weight and exercise more. Easier said then done for many of us. Eating healthfully and exercising can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. You can have short term goals such as cutting down on drinking soda and walking a little bit more each day.
I’ve found that wearing a pedometer is a great way to get motivated to walk because you can work towards a new goal each day. One misconception people have is that they think they walk more than they really do. A pedometer tells the truth and will actually keep track of how many steps you take. Cool, huh?
Perhaps a pedometer wasn’t on your holiday list, but don’t worry, they are affordable and a good investment. They’re tiny and can clip onto your clothing or your shoes. For those of you who have an iphone – check out a pedometer application.
- Once you’ve read the directions that come with your pedometer, you’re good to go. Knowing how to use your pedometer is important so it can accurately record your steps.
- Wear a comfy pair of sneakers with good support – especially when walking outdoors.
- At first you may be surprised to find out you don’t take as many steps each day as you thought you did. That’s okay; the first week is about establishing a baseline. You have plenty of time to work up to a minimum of 10,000 steps each day, which is the recommended goal.
- The amount of steps you take translates into calories burned, thus a great way to lose weight while getting in shape.
- Don’t over do it. Gradually add more steps to your day. You don’t want to pull a muscle or get blisters on your feet that will prevent you from walking all together.
- If you have any health problems or concerns talk to your health care provider about a realistic walking goal.
Take care and Happy New Year!