In keeping with my FIT CHICKS FRIDAY theme, here’s Laura talking about one of her favourite things!
So if you have ever taken any of my bootcamps, you will notice that I am always talking about "Peddy". Someone asked me one day, "Is Peddy your dog? You must really love her to take her everywhere?" I started laughing right away - do I really talk about Peddy with so much love and affection (well, I do think I love her as much as I would a pet!). Peddy is actually my super fabulous PEDOMETER!
WHY WEAR A PEDOMETER?
Bootcamp training is amazing for building strength, getting a kick butt cardio workout and change the shape of your body but in order to be healthy on an ongoing basis, you HAVE to be moving everyday. This is where a pedometer rocks my world (I tell all my chicks to wear them..I have been renamed the Pedometer Pusher!) It lets you know and keep track of how much you have moved everyday so you know you a reaching your required amount of steps.
HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
Experts recommend about 6,000 steps a day to reduce your risk of death, and up to 10,000 steps to help promote weight loss. Did you know that the average Canadian chick only logs in about 2000-3000 steps a day?!
HOW FAR IS 10,000 STEPS?
2000 steps is about a mile...or 1.6 km. But don't worry, Chicks, you don't have to walk 5 miles, you just need to accumulate that much movement over the course of the day.
STARTING WITH A PEDOMETER
Set a goal of increasing your steps by 2000 a day. It can be a fun game, watching the numbers on the pedometer go up! You'll be more inspired to walk over to a colleague's desk instead of calling her, or take the stairs back up to the office after work. Work on increasing your steps each week until you are up to 10000 a day.
WHERE TO GET A PEDOMETER
Sorry to say, Chicks, but the free ones in the cereal boxes are pretty useless. If you want to buy one, check out a sports store, department store or even your local drugstore (located in the pharmacy section). I like the OMRON brand best as it has been the most accurate. Prices range from $15 - $50 bucks. Frugal Chicks, you can rent one for free at the library and it even comes with a map of walking trails around Toronto - luv it!
Ashley’s Note: If you’re a Weight Watchers member, we sell the Weight Watchers pedometer in our meeting rooms which translates your steps into Activity Points for $28
TIPS ON HOW TO STEP IT UP
- take the stairs whenever you can
- get off the bus one stop sooner
- park your car farther away
- get up to change the channel (just like in the old days!)
- walk wherever you can: to return a dvd, go to the library, to the grocery store....if it's walkable, then leave the car at home
when having coffee with friends, take your drink for a walk around the city
- go for a walk on your lunch break, it'll give you more energy for the afternoon too!
So if you can, go out and get a pedometer. We swear by them at FIT CHICKS and know you will love it too - so get to steppin'!