5 Minutes for Fitness: Walking

by Lisa

Health professionals recommend getting 10,000 steps per day for fitness. Do you know how many you are taking?

One of my favorite exercise tools is my pedometer, which only cost $15. I clip it on my pants first thing in the morning and wear it everywhere I go. With my pedometer, I make sure I reach the 10k minimum on most days of the week.

Here are a few ways to get those extra steps in your day:

*Find a walking buddy and make a date to walk together.

*Avoid escalators and elevators, always take the stairs.

*Park in the farthest spot away from the building or store. Not only will you get more steps, but it is less likely that you will get any door dings.

*If the weather is too cold for you, most malls open up early for walkers. There won’t be any crowds and you won’t be tempted to spend money.

*Don’t use the remote control, get up to change the TV channel instead.

*Have a parade with your kids and march around the house.

How do you get 10k steps in your day?


This column is hosted by Lisa. She can be found doing squats and lunges over at Workout Mommy.



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1 Jen E October 30, 2008 at 10:09 am

I really aught to give this a try again.

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2 Kathy C. October 30, 2008 at 10:43 am

My best friend (Kim at Homesteader in Training) and I go to the gym together 4-5 days a week. On our cardio days, we do 50 minutes of cardio (treadmill and elliptical). In addition to that, between household chores and walking the dog, I hope I’m getting the 10k steps. I should get a pedometer and find out though! :)

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3 Heidi October 30, 2008 at 10:59 am

This is a great, simple list, but can make such a difference! My husband brought home some pedometers from work once. My 2-year old daughter wore it for awhile. That was a kick!

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4 Jamie October 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Okay, I’m off for a kiddie parade!! Oh, and if there is anyone around the compound that has the two cutest little boys ever that wants to get together for some walks and lunges, give me a shout :-)

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5 Susan October 30, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Okay, I’m going to go get a pedometer!
And Heidi, maybe I’ll get one for my 3 yr old and have a competition. LOL I think I know who would win!!!

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6 Rona October 30, 2008 at 10:03 pm

We have manage a self storage property, that’s a little over an acre. We have to walk it throughout the day5+ a week. I actually managed to lose 20 pounds in 5 months.

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