Walking Club Check-In: No Time to Walk? Take an "Unwalk."

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

grocery shopping with pedometerWelcome, or welcome back, to the Dr. Sinatra Walking Club. If you missed the "official introduction," you can see it here. Each Saturday, I post a new Walking Club Check-in, where you can post your minutes walked, the number of times you walked, or miles by leaving a comment.

Today, I want to talk about the "unwalk"...

PedometerAs much as I enjoy walking for exercise, sometimes life gets in the way. Either the weather's bad, I have too much going on during the week, or both. But I don't want to forgo my exercise walks. So, during those weeks, I strap on a pedometer (a device that you clip to your clothes and it counts each step you take--here's a picture of it), and take what I call an "unwalk."

During my "unwalk" days, or weeks, I...

1. Park at the far end of the grocery store, or mall parking lot so I have to take extra steps. 

2. Purposefully criss-cross the mall, or shopping center, when I'm doing my errands to log in even more steps.

3. Go down every single aisle in the grocery store, whether I need anything in that aisle or not...I just pick up my pace and walking more briskly.

4. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

5. Purposefully take the "long way" through my home
when I'm going from room to room

But you don't need to reserve your "unwalks" for the weeks you're not walking. You can also wear your pedometer on your power walks. Dr. Sinatra recommends that we all strive to get in about 10,000 steps throughout the day--and however you get those steps absolutely counts toward improving your health.

Where can you find a pedometer? Most sporting goods stores sell them, and you also find them online or possibly at your local pharmacy. A basic pedometer, which is all you need, usually costs about $20 (or less).

Now, it's your turn:

* Do you use a pedometer--and has it helped you add extra steps to your routine?

* Also, if you walked this week--please log in your days/miles/or time walked!

Have a great Saturday, and Happy Walking!

Karen


Remember to consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.
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