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Let's Get Walking
Tips to Get You Moving
Benefits of Walking
- Helps prevent & control diabetes
- Reduces the risk for heart disease
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Bolsters immune system
- Helps control weight
- Improves circulation
- Helps breathing
- Combats depression
Walking for Fitness
- For health benefits, physical activity should be moderate
or vigorous and add up to at least 30 minutes per day. Walking
briskly is considered a moderate activity.
- The walking program below will help you gradually increase
the number of days you walk per week, beginning with only 15
minutes three times the first week; and ultimately reaching a
goal of 30-60 minutes per day.
- Recording your progress in a walking log will help you stay motivated.
8-Week Walking Program
Minutes Per Day
Tips on Walking
Walk slowly for about 5 minutes. Then pick up your pace.
- Head up, shoulders back, stomach in.
- Focus on quicker, not longer steps.
- Breathe deeply.
- Wear reflective clothes or carry a light.
- Walk toward traffic.
- Last 5 minutes, slow your pace.
- Finish with some flexibility stretches.
- If you experience a problem that can not be relieved see you doctor.
- Do not use hand weights while walking; using them could
increase your blood pressure and may contribute to joint
Pedometers in Use
What is a Pedometer?
- A device which counts each step a person makes.
- A tool used to help gauge how active you are each day.
How does a Pedometer work?
...uses a pendulum to sense hip movement.
...fastens to the waist or belt area.
...measures steps made throughout the day.
...motivates you to increase your daily steps by 20% per week.
- Pedometers are not accurate for measuring running steps, pedaling motion of a bicycle, or swimming. Keep track of those activities by time or distance.
|Health Guide for Daily Steps|
|Daily Step Count||Health Zone|
|More than 12,500||Highly Active|
|Less than 5,000||Sedentary|
Ways to Increase Your Steps
- Walk on your breaks & lunch hour
- Park farther away from entrances
- Take a 3 minute walk every hour
- Deliver things to coworkers in person
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Walk the perimeter of the field while your children play soccer
- Vacuum your house more often
- Pace while you’re on the phone
- Take several 10 minute walks
- Walk the dog
Converting Steps to Miles
- Calculate your step length by measuring off a known distance (20 or 50 feet).
- Then walk that distance at your natural walk and count the number of steps it takes you to cover that distance.
- Divide the number of inches (number of feet times 12) by the number of steps. This gives you your step length in inches.
- Calculate your miles walked by dividing the steps you walked by the number of steps per mile.
Converting Steps to Miles
|Calculate your step
length by measuring off a known distance (20 or 50
Then walk that distance at your natural walk and count the number of steps it takes you to cover that distance.
Divide the number of inches (number of feet times 12) by the number of steps. This gives you your step length in inches.
Calculate your miles walked by dividing the steps you walked by the number of steps per mile.
|Step Length||# Steps
in 1 Mile
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009