It won’t work miracles overnight, but over the long run, it can help you lose more weight than you ever thought possible – and it’s almost effortless. I never leave home without it, and if your health is important to you, you shouldn’t either.
So, what is this device that can bring you so many benefits? It’s none other than the “lowly” pedometer. And I say “lowly” because I realize it’s not very exciting. Nevertheless, this watch-sized gadget can really help you shed some extra weight (or all of it) when used correctly. And studies prove it.
For example, the Harvard Health Letter reports that, after examining 26 different studies, they determined that people who wear pedometers walk an average of 2,000 more steps than those who don’t. Furthermore, this little device helped them increase physical activity by 27%.
Impressive, don’t you think?
Now, keep in mind that 2,000 extra steps won’t exactly torch the fat away. But it does burn extra calories. Depending on your weight, age, and how fast you walk (among other things) this could be anywhere from 50-100. Again, nothing Earth-shattering, but over time it really adds up.
How does dropping an extra pound per month sound? And by basically doing “nothing”? Of course, you are doing something. You’re walking. But based on personal experience, it doesn’t seem like extra effort. Here’s why…
The pedometer just makes you more aware of your activity levels (or lack of). By doing so, you consciously move more at the beginning. But shortly after, it becomes habit. That’s why I say you’re getting something for nothing. Yes, you are putting in the work, but it becomes part of your daily routine. You’re not really going out of your way to do so (if that makes sense).
It’s also fun to set goals, especially when you can see the numbers on a screen. Personally, I shoot for 10,000 steps per day. That’s about 4.5-5 miles give or take (these things aren’t 100% accurate).
And again, the trick is to increase your movement naturally, not force it upon yourself (at least not for too long). This can mean, walking the small distance to the store instead of driving, parking a bit further away from the entrance if you take a car (instead of waiting for a nearby spot to open), taking the steps rather than the elevator, etc., etc., etc..
Do the above for a few weeks and it will become habit. From that point on, you’ll go on to reap all the benefits of the best type of exercise. And the pounds will come off, month after month – not to mention, you’ll feel healthier and more energetic.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to your nearest electronics store (or your favorite website) and get yourself a pedometer – pronto!