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Goal

Pedometer Goal

The goal is to walk 5 miles each day.  Increasing daily exercise is a core element in my weight loss program, walking is central to that. My research found that the guideline for a moderate walking program for me as 13,200 steps per day. My average stride length is approximately 2 feet long. That means that it takes me just over 2,640 steps to walk one mile, and 26,400 steps to reach my daily goal of 5 miles.  A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day.

Reaching my goal of 5 miles required that I find a way to measure and monitor the distance each day.  I purchased a pedometer this evening for that purpose and worked through the setup…I will start using it first thing in the morning.  The weekly distance will start to show up in my blog postings.  I want to be more conscious of my distance goal so logging and journaling that data should make it much more likely I will reach my goal.

8 Comments

  1. I, too, just got a pedometer to motivate me to get my steps up to 10,000 a day. You have a high target! Good luck. I’ll watch your progress. 🙂

    • I am not reaching my larger goals yet, but the pedometer has really helped. I do close to 15,000 steps on the days I walk to work and on the days where I don’t I have gotten my steps up to 5,000. It really makes me aware of my activity levels. I have found that on days where I walked more than 10,000 steps my blood sugar levels are normal.
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  2. I just bought a pedometer yesterday…I think that will help me target just how far I am going on my morning walks…I have a feeling I will need to expand my trail! 🙂

    Thanks for all your kind words on my blog…I truly appreciate it!
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  3. I also like the idea of walking/hiking every day. I began about 6 years ago as a solution to a back problem I had and have kept it up ever since. My goal has simply been to hike over a hundred miles a month, but where I walk/hike altitude changes have an impact also on the amount of exercise (many of the trails around here go up about 600 feet per mile).

    I can’t say enough about the way I feel and what other things my overall conditioning lets me do!
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    • Congratulations, very impressive. That is about 3.3 miles per day. I am trying to do 10,000 steps each day with very little elevation so that is 3.8 miles. I do a lot of hiking so 500 feet of elevation makes quite a difference…congratulations again on your impressive achievement.

  4. I have used a pedometer for a couple of years now and absolutely love it! It really helps to see what you’re actually doing instead of trying to guess. Walking helps control my hypertension – I usually feel my best and have good blood pressure readings if I walk about 17,000 steps a day. It seems like a lot at first but once you start doing it you get to your goal pretty quickly. 😀
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    • Congratulations on your success…I set my original goal at 10,000 steps each day and have found that it is pretty easy for me to reach 15,000 if I am paying attention and the pedometer really helps do that.

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