Pedometers for Weight Loss Motivation

Sep 25 2015 Tags: Weight Loss

A pedometer can help you stay on track with your weight loss goals. You know that it is important to maintain a healthy weight for your height and structure. It enhances not only your appearance but your health, too. By using a pedometer, you can keep tabs on how active you have or haven’t been each day. Knowing that you need to “step it up” can give you that little push to be more active when you need it.

Choose the Right Pedometer

Most pedometers have simple, easy-to-use features though some are more complex. Make sure to select one that suits your style. This way you’ll be more inclined to use it every day. Choose one that you can carry in your purse or pocket as well as being able to wear it on your waistband. This allows you to conceal the pedometer from others, if you desire. Also look for the units of measure that you prefer to work with. Some will show you the mileage you have walked; the calories burned and can even be plugged into to your computer to upload your data in addition to simply counting steps.

Advantages of Using a Pedometer

The struggle to lose weight is often won by increasing your level of activity. The more active you are, the more calories you will burn. By wearing a pedometer, you have up-to-the-minute, real-life data on how active you have been throughout your busy day. Noticing that you are not as active as you need to be can be the motivation you need to take a few extra steps. You are more conscious of your activity levels and therefore, more likely to do something about it.

Setting Step Goals

The average person walks between 2000 and 3000 steps each day, depending on which study you refer to. This is approximately one to one-and-a-half miles. Staying at this level will only let you maintain your weight. Ideally, you should be walking 10,000 steps per day but that may seem like a humongous goal if you are at 2000 steps a day. Start out with a goal of 6000 steps and work every day to increase your steps until you reach that goal. Once you do, you can increase your goal and work toward that. Make sure to keep a journal and log your progress.

Get Familiar with Your Pedometer

Depending on the number of features your device has, setting up your pedometer can be a matter of minutes or may take a bit longer. Read the instructions carefully and understand the features and how to use them before you begin. It can be frustrating to feel motivated and get started only to find your device isn’t recording properly because of a set up error. You are more likely to be motivated by your progress when you can see those numbers accurately counting away the steps and the pounds.

Over the Long Haul

Consistent exercise is the key to long term success. Using your pedometer everyday can help you lose the weight you want and give you the confidence you need to tackle other fitness goals and activities. Change does not happen overnight but with one step at a time.


About the author: Theresa is part of the team behind a Danish website about prom dresses and a variety of formal dresses.

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