Few hours before 2012 chimes in, it is time for contemplating on New Year’s resolutions. One of the commonly broken New Year’s resolutions is losing weight and getting fit. I am one of those people who resolved to eat smarter and exercise more. Yet, I still can see flabs in my tummy and arms. My weight did not change much.
Finding time to exercise is difficult. I can give a litany of excuses. The simplest way to exercise that sounded appealing to me is taking ‘10,000 steps a day’ . Thus, I bought a cheap pedometer for starters. It only cost P50 at CDR-King.
I don’t know the device’s accuracy. I tried walking leisurely to test. It recorded less than the steps I took. When I walked fast, it seemed to record more than the actual steps. I, therefore, conclude that this device can only approximate my steps. Nevertheless, my goal is to hit 10,000 steps a day with this inaccurate device of mine. Good luck to me.
I found this study and below is its proposal:
Based on currently available evidence, we propose the following preliminary indices be used to classify pedometer-determined physical activity in healthy adults: (i). <5000 steps/day may be used as a 'sedentary lifestyle index'; (ii). 5000-7499 steps/day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered 'low active'; (iii). 7500-9999 likely includes some volitional activities (and/or elevated occupational activity demands) and might be considered 'somewhat active'; and (iv). >or=10000 steps/day indicates the point that should be used to classify individuals as 'active'. Individuals who take >12500 steps/day are likely to be classified as 'highly active'.
Oh no, 12,500 steps! What have I gotten myself into? LOL!