If you're having trouble getting motivated to keep to your fitness program ... or if you haven't even got off the starting block yet, this article could change your life! Not completely ... that would be too ambitious! But, there's a tiny, inexpensive device that can provide you with all the motivation you need to get out and start moving your body around a bit more.
The pedometer, as it's known, can also make you WANT to do it and can even get you to ENJOY doing it!
What ... ? ENJOY exercising??? Surely some mistake?
Well, no actually. Please read on.
1. So, what is a pedometer?
It's a small, compact device used for measuring the number of steps taken.
And, as well as measuring the number of steps taken when exercising in your local neighborhood, it can also measure your steps whilst you're climbing the stairs, mowing the lawn, or doing the shopping.
2. How Does It Work?
It's small enough to clip to your belt and is fitted with a pendulum which measures one step each time your foot makes contact with the ground.
3. How Much Does It Cost?
Many pedometers have been given away FREE as part of campaigns by local health authorities to get people moving their bodies more.
If you can't find such a campaign in your area, you can buy a pedometer with a reasonable number of features for as little as $20.
4. What Exactly Does It Do?
You should buy a model which, at the very least, measures the number of steps taken, calories burned, distance walked, speed you've been walking and how long your routine has taken.
More expensive models may include any or all of the following additional features:
- a soothing voice to tell you how many steps you've taken
- a pulse monitor
- a stopwatch
- a radio and headphones so you can listen to your favorite radio station whilst out walking
- a step filter to achieve greater accuracy
- a back light so you can see your pedometer in the dark.
5. How Do I Set Up My Pedometer?
First you need to enter your height, weight and average stride length.
To arrive at your stride length, most instruction guides prompt you to measure out a distance of, say 10 meters, and to count the number of steps you take to cover it. Divide this number by the overall distance and this gives your average stride length.
Once it's set up, just follow the instructions to activate the settings you want to use, clip your pedometer to your belt and you're ready to go.
6. How Do I Take Readings?
At any point after you've started your routine, you can stop, flip open the pedometer and take a reading. Of course, you shouldn't do this too often as this will interrupt the rhythm of your walk.
But you can get an idea of the progress you're making by checking the number of steps taken, the distance you've traveled, the calories you've burned and so on. You'll be able to go from one measurement to the next at the press of a button.
7. How Does This Provide Me More Motivation?
The great thing about wearing a pedometer is that you begin to think about the number of steps you've taken towards your daily target.
This gets you into a 'walking mindset' and you suddenly start to identify lots of new walking opportunities.
If you had to be dragged kicking and screaming to take up a fitness routine, the pedometer is the single most important device you can use to start enjoying your workouts.
It's so easy to use and it can transform the way you feel about getting fit. It can take you from resisting the whole idea of doing a daily workout, to your really looking forward to it and wanting to do it more.
Because, after using it for a while, you begin to realize that your daily targets are not only achievable but, with a bit more effort, can be easily surpassed.
Something you thought was going to be such a grind becomes easy, because you know you can do it!
Did you ever think that was possible?
Well it is. Just get hold of your pedometer and keep wearing it. It can have a really positive effect on your fitness and health.