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Apr

Making Every Step Count

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What if we told you that you are already exercising every day, you just don’t even realize it? In fact, you’ve likely been exercising your entire life without even giving it a second thought. Your entire family likely stood around and celebrated when you started exercising as a toddler, and thanks to your day-to-day demands you haven’t given it a rest.

That’s right: we’re talking about walking. Walking is a fantastic form of exercise, and the best news is that it is one that you are already doing!  We live in a pretty convenient time when it comes to developing and keeping up with a workout program. Whatever your interests are, whatever you want to do to keep yourself active, there is some sort of technological support that can help you get started and stay on track.

Between the basic pedometer that is built into just about every smartphone to the smartwatches that will monitor everything from your sleeping habits to your daily step count, it has never been easier to find a tool that will help you stay accountable for your weight loss.

Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Finding ways to become more active is important, but it is equally important that the activities you find are both enjoyable and convenient to you. Starting a walking program can be a great starting place.

You can walk anywhere at any time, the point is just to walk a desired total distance in the space of a day, and a pedometer—whether on your watch or on your phone—can help you achieve this.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • First, go about your day as usual and see how many steps you walk typically.
  • Then, try adding about 500 to 1000 steps a day extra until you reach 10,000 steps per day.
  • This could require making frequent walking breaks at work, going for an evening walk, or staying on your feet instead of sitting on the couch in the evening.

Whatever it means, using a pedometer can help you build your daily step total, helping you become more active and fit without having to make too drastic of a change to your schedule. Being more deliberate with your walking routine is a great way to meet your weight loss goals after weight loss surgery.