BLOG FITNESS, STEPS, CONNECT IT!
October 10, 2012
Are you getting your steps in?
It's the hippest new fashion accessory, you've seen it in Style Magazine, Elle, even Oprah's been caught rocking the Omron Black Hip Pedometer. What you might not realize is that this pedometer is more than just an aesthetic icon- it actually serves a valuable purpose in your program and life. You've been told that on top of your daily exercise, you should be getting at least 5000 steps per day, with a goal of 10,000 in mind. This may seem like a lot at first, especially as images of sitting.. in front of your computer desk, in your car in horrible Seattle traffic and on your couch recovering from all that sitting float through your mind.. Ideally, however, as you progress through your program your perspective will have changed.
According to a study in Clinical Cardiology, Morbidly Obese (BMI 40-49.9) people are sedentary for more than 99 percent of the day. By sedentary I mean less than 2500 steps per day. Now you may not have realized this, but before having started your 20/20 program, this was likely close to your value of Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. "On average, 23 hours and 51.6 min per day were spent sleeping or engaged in sedentary activity and the remaining 8.4 minutes were spent in moderate activity." What these findings support is the strong relationship between obesity and physical activity.
Not only is meeting your step goals important for your in-program success, but it is also crucial in your long term weight maintenance. Getting your 10,000 steps in per day equates to roughly 5 miles of work and an average of 500 calories. This is equivalent to what you may burn during a 45- 60 minutes cardio session. There will be days when your busy schedule does not allow you to step into a gym or get your scheduled workout in. On these occasions, you can rest assured that your little hip accessory will give you that incentive to keep your metabolic rate up.