pedometer is a device that counts steps. Many pedometers
can also convert that information into distance traveled and
calories burned. Tools like pedometers can help us measure
our levels of activity and inspire us to do more.
2003 AMA guide Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity suggests
using a pedometer because, "Studies indicate that individuals
who accumulate 10,000 or more steps per day are probably performing
enough physical activity to meet public health recommendations
for physical activity."
use a pedometer, take a few days to establish a baseline number
of steps, then gradually increase steps to 10,000 per day.
Aim to increase your steps by about 2,000 per day during a particular
week until you reach the 10,000 steps figure.
away from a sedentary lifestyle with walking:
Arthritis Foundation has developed a program called "Walk
with Ease" to introduce people with arthritis and others
to walking, and offer support for establishing a personal walking
contact the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation
about this and other programs, email
for the Northeast PA regional office.
Jewish Community Center of Wilkes-Barre features a sheltered
walking program in their gymnasium. Walkers move to the
music of Sousa. For more information contact Florence
at 570-824-4646. (This program is for JCC members only).
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