- Pace yourself. Start slow and easy, gradually building up to your pace and distance. You should be able to maintain a “conversational” pace - one that enables you to hold a normal conversation while walking without feeling winded.
- Shoe sense. Purchase walking shoes at a professional shoe store, where trained staff can fit your exact type of foot.
- Proper gait. Your own particular style of walking, or gait, determines the distribution of the stress to various parts of your legs and feet. If you are experiencing discomfort - particularly back pain, kneecap pain, legs cramps or a sore Achilles tendon - it may be the result of a gait problem and should be analyzed by a physical therapist.
- Hydrate. As with all sports, hydration should be maintained - drink comfortably and don’t let thirst be your guide. Amounts vary depending on weather and walking conditions; sipping 8-12 oz. of water every 30 minutes from a hydration pack or water bottle is recommended.
A pedometer-wearing student recently logged more than 2,500 steps during a 45-minute lesson, she said. Thirty minutes of steady dancing burns 200 to 400 calories. Read more »June 18th, 2005 by admin | No Comments »
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Sikeston Middle School students are being encouraged to step up their activity level in physical education thanks to a donation from Missouri Delta Medical Center’s Delta Diabetes Center.
Laveta Williams, physical education teacher at the middle school, said she saw pedometers at a recent health conference used as a way to elicit more activity and hoped to get a few to use during her classes.
Students at the middle school are ages 10-13, the very age group the Center decided to target, Thornton said. Encouraging more physical activity is among the recommendations to prevent obesity and the corresponding increased chance of diabetes.
Additionally, Thornton had personal experience using a pedometer. She said it definitely increased her awareness about daily activity and inspired her to make changes in her routine such as using the stairs instead of an elevator or choosing a parking space farther from the store.
Sometimes it takes a gadget for a fitness regimen to click. And, if you’re a walker, the hottest gadget going is the electronic step counter, or pedometer. You can get a reliable one for less than $30. Read how different people are using pedometers here.June 14th, 2005 by admin | 1 Comment »
The top pedometers, ranked in order of accuracy:
- Yamax SW-200, Yamax SW-701, New Lifestyles NL-2000, Kenz Lifecorder. (Note: Yamax SW series pedometers are also sold under the following names: New Lifestyles Digiwalker, Accusplit Eagle, and Walk4Life models LS2000 LS6510 and LS7010.)
- America on the Move (X120), Yamax Skeletone, Walk 4 Life LS 2525
- Omron HJ-105
- Freestyle Pacer Pro, Accusplit Alliance 150, Sportline 345
- Sportline 330, Oregon Scientific
The April 2005 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise reports that women who wore a pedometer—and had the goal of walking 10,000 steps per day—not only walked more than before they had pedometers, but they walked nearly a mile farther per day than the group of women who were told to go for a brisk, 30-minute walk daily.
That additional mile, or approximately 2,000 steps, is the additional effort needed to improve health and lose weight.
In addition to the large variety of pedometers available at RaiseYourPulse.com, a walking log is now available for immediate download—no purchase necessary. The pdf file contains two logs that can be printed back-to-back, then cut and folded in thirds for a handy tool to track steps over a 90-day period.
If you don’t track it… did you really do it?April 30th, 2005 by admin | No Comments »