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Fitness: Using a Pedometer or Step Counter

Experts say that to stay fit it is important to be physically active for at least 2½ hours a week. Walking is one of the best things you can do to be more active. You don't have to do your walking all at once. You can split it up. It's fine to walk in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week.

For most people, walking is an easy and low-cost way to get moving and stay fit. Using a pedometer or step counter can help you track the number of steps you take each day. Then you can set goals to take more steps and be more active.

  • Using a pedometer or step counter is an easy and fun way to track how active you are. It adds up all the steps you take during the day.
  • Using a pedometer can remind you to walk more. A quick check may show that you need more steps for the day.
  • Using a pedometer can help you set goals to take more steps in a day. You may need to find creative ways to add more steps, but walking more will help you get more exercise, feel better, and stay healthy.

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Other Works Consulted

  • Bravata DM, et al. (2007). Using pedometers to increase physical activity and improve health. JAMA, 298(19): 2296–2304.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
Current as of March 12, 2014

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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