Stepping for Weight Loss is easy with a Pedometer! Pedometers can be pretty inexpensive, they are easy to use, and convenient, most of them you wear and forget about it. Can this small inexpensive tool help you lose weight? YES!
Stepping for Weight Loss with a Pedometer
Personally I love using a pedometer. I really like keeping track of my steps during the day, making sure I hit a certain amount, and then trying to beat my steps from the day before. It definitely helps me get moving more.
Let me give you some examples of how they help:
- 10,000 steps to weight loss. Studies have shown that 10k is the key number of steps you should get in a day if you are trying to lose weight. Make it a point to go for an extra walk in the day to get your 10k steps! Don’t jump in at 10,000 steps a day if you aren’t used to though. Build yourself up to 10k slowly! Start with 5k and build on from there.
- Motivate yourself. Keep track of how much you walk by keeping an eye on your pedometer, you’ll want to get moving and see the steps climb once you set a goal for yourself.
- Challenge your family and friends! Encourage your friends and family to get in their steps too! You can get family, friends, or even co-workers in on the fun too and have a friendly little competition!
- Understand how weight loss works; calories in versus calories out. You need to burn more calories than you are putting into your body. The more you move and exercise, the more calories you are going to burn. You want to make sure that at the end of the day, you’ve burned more calories then you’ve consumed.
Price Points & Quality
On the low end, Pedometers are around $10 and go up from there. Depending on what you want your pedometer to do, you might want to invest in something that will last awhile and collect all the data you want it to. A more expensive pedometer can count distance, calories burned, time your exercises, as well as steps.
In the beginning I used a cheap pedometer. In my experience, it is easy to find a cheap pedometer, but I found they didn’t last very long. I probably went through 3 or 4 before deciding to buy a Fitbit. I figured if I had to keep spending $10-$15 for a product that will only last around 3 months, I might as well invest in something that will last me a long time, and track all the data I wanted it to. However, I am currently using an apple watch and I love it!
I try really hard to make it to 10k steps a day but I also had to decide that if I get to 8k steps, I am okay with that! I do a lot of exercise that doesn’t necessarily have me moving in a way that counts as a ‘step’. For example, Taekwondo gets me moving and burning calories, but every kick doesn’t get counted as a step.
Looking for more articles about Weight Loss? Check these out:
- Eating Healthy on a Budget
- Forming Healthy Habits
- Why you Shouldn’t Have a ‘Start Date’
- Water is Your Weight Loss Weapon
- Losing Weight Quickly and Safely
- Beginner’s 5k Training Plan
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