Exercise! - 10,000 steps per day and pedometers

06-06-2004, 10:31 PM
Hi! Does anyone use a pedometer and try to get in the recommended 10,000 steps per day? I'm going to start doing it tomorrow though I know it will be awhile before I work up to 10,000 steps. I did 7800 yesterday just because I was so busy :dizzy: but I think my typical day is 3000-4000 steps without going for a walk.

There's a good article in this week's "Woman's World" magazine about counting steps. The woman on the cover lost 165 lbs. doing it! She did WW also I believe. She doesn't even look like the same person. The article says you're twice as likely to stick with a walking program if you use a pedometer. :o


06-07-2004, 12:35 AM
JoAnn- Maybe I'll get one of those Adult happy meals just for the pedometer lol. I'll be happy to join you!! We can count steps together, I'm so interested in fitness lately and I think its because I have totally made some life decisions!
Welcome to 3fc and the Exercise Forum!!

06-07-2004, 12:40 AM
Hello. I just bought a pedometer. I am going to start shooting for 10,000 steps tomorrow. I have no idea how many steps I take in a day but we will see. I have added many steps to my day, intentionally. I am actually excited to see how I do! Let me know how you make out Joann.

06-07-2004, 05:29 AM
I read this thread with interest as I was almost tempted to buy a pedometer at the pharmacist's today. It was $17.95, which is less expensive than others I have seen. I read on the pamphlet which accompanied it that even taking an extra 5000 steps per day can mean a weight loss of 14 pounds over 6 months!
One question: are they meant to be used as part of a walking program, or are they meant to get you moving more throughout the day?
Lucia :flow1:

06-07-2004, 09:45 AM
Lucia, they are meant to do both. It sort of makes you move more throughout the day such as: parking farther from the building you are going to or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. One woman in the article I mentioned above goes up to the next floor to use the copy machine or fax every time she needs to which adds a lot of steps to her day.

But.....even with the extra steps in your regular day, most people have to get a walking program going to get in the 10,000 steps. I walked about 35 minutes this morning and did 3772 steps. My regular day has been only about 4000 to 5000 steps so I'll have to do more to make the 10,000.

Steph and Michelle Rae, I'll be happy to start doing 10,000 steps with you. It might take me awhile to get up to that. I have about 35 lbs to lose and it's not coming off with just dieting so the exercise has got to help!


06-07-2004, 11:24 AM
It will take me a while too, I have 45 pounds I want to lose. Guess what...I forgot my pedometer today, guess I need to get into the habit of wearing it! Will put it on when I get home!

06-07-2004, 11:38 AM
I will join in too girls! But it will have to be tomorrow. I currently do walk aerobics so I don't know if I will take the pedometer off when doing that or not I would like to incorporate 10000 steps into just my basic daily living, wouldnt that just be wonderful!! I don't want my steps to include my already established workout lol. We'll see though!

Have a great day!!

06-07-2004, 12:37 PM
Michelle, that would be great but I think you should leave it on during your walk aerobics at first and see how many steps you take during an average day (10,000 steps is about 5 miles). You can always add to the total. The article said most Amish woman walk 14,000 steps/day and only 3% of the Amish are obese!

Steph, I put my pedometer right next to my bed so I put it right on in the morning. Let me know how you do tomorrow. I'm up to 5,000 today.


06-07-2004, 12:52 PM
Joann- Wow well my workouts lately have been 5 miles a day alone!! We'll see what I do ontop of that, but I think walk aerobics isn't as many steps or **** I don't know lol!! I started a thread on Resistance training if anyone is interested in joining in, I use resistance bands for low intensity strength training. I'm also going to incorporate a few "different" fun things in my weekly workouts! One I'm really excited to do is "punk rock aerobics" they have the classes in boston but since I'm 3000 miles from there I'm recording a cd of punk music to go in my basement to Dance to! Woohoo!!


Ivanna B. Skinny
06-07-2004, 03:36 PM
Does any one here have brand or type of pedometer to reccomend? Im gonna buy one tomorrow, and join you in your step counting!

06-07-2004, 04:15 PM
The one from McDonald's is not very good. You need to be able to set the length of your stride to get an accurate count. The one I have I got from Taget for about $30. They did have less expensive models. This one counts your steps, stores info, figures calories expended. I like it a lot. If you aren't sure you will use it, the one from McDonald's is okay to start with.

06-07-2004, 07:20 PM
Ivanna, I got mine from Target as well it was 12 bucks and it talks...lol (you can turn it off) I call her chatty patty every 1,000 steps she lets me know ;)

Anyone else notice how hard it is to get 10,000 steps in w/o doing formal exercise? My walking day is just about over and I've only managed about 4-5,000 and that was really going out of my way. Like walking into the bank vs. the drive thru. Taking the long way out my apt to the parking lot, finding little excuses to walk. I'm more tired trying to come up w/ways to walk than from walking :D

06-07-2004, 07:24 PM
Hi all, I bought a pedometer last month at Target and it was only $12.99 and it tells you the distance walked, calories burned, steps walked and time (it also talks but you can always mute it). 10,000 steps is a good 5 mile walk. I got one of the pedometers from McDonald's and it doesn't work well at all. It is not very accurate so I don't recommend you use theirs. Hope this helps. Hi Michelle!!


06-07-2004, 07:26 PM
I think we have the same pedometer hereznay. lol


06-08-2004, 12:00 AM
Hi everyone,

I couldn't believe it when I saw this thread. I just bought a pedometer over the weekend. I was just curious about how many steps a day I walk so thought I'd get one and see. I tried it for about a 1/2 hour today and hope to use it all day soon. I'll let you know how I do.

06-08-2004, 03:54 PM
i have had lots of fun with my pedometer. i've regularly done at least 10,000 steps a day, but that includes an hour hike or an hour walk. on days when i've done the walk AND the grocery shopping AND the laundry, i've hit more than 14,000!!!!!

no WONDER i'm worn out!!!!!

06-08-2004, 08:25 PM
Hi girls! Count me in! I have been doing it for a week now. I actually have hit 20000 on weekends! I aim for 15000 a day! How is everyone else doing? Good luck!

06-09-2004, 09:02 AM
Darn. I spent almost an entire day (okay, slight exageration) trying to find this GREAT chart that I printed from the Internet about a year or so ago. It was a progression chart to gradually get you up to 10000+ steps a day. Can't find it... I'll keep looking. I threw it away awhile ago, and the URL went with it.

I think I'll start wearing my pedometer again... you're all doing SO well!! :cp:

06-09-2004, 09:12 AM
I found it! You can print it out from here...

06-09-2004, 10:36 AM
Hi everyone! I'm glad this thread took off like it did. I am having trouble with my pedometer and am very disappointed with it. Mine is from Bodytronics and it's called "Pro Fit". When I clip it to my short's waistband it gives me way too many extra steps. Last night I was so excited to see that I had walked 10,000 steps but I was suspicious too. I decided to check the pedometer just walking around my house and it was giving me sometimes DOUBLE my actual steps. Even the slightest jiggle would give me extra steps. I am so bummed out by it! I really thought this was going to be my thing.

I went on the bodytronics website and this one would cost you $26.95 or something. It seemed to work o.k. with other pants on so just be careful and check your pedometers once in awhile.

I'm glad so many of you have tried this, I'm hoping to join you again soon.

06-09-2004, 01:53 PM
JoAnn, isn't your pedometer adjustable? Mine has a little button that I can move up or down according to how many steps it's registering.

06-09-2004, 10:06 PM
I am doing well so far did about 10000 steps yesterday and am up to 11300 so far tonight!

06-09-2004, 10:15 PM
I remembered to put on my pedometer around 3p.m. today and wore it while doing my watp 4mi. tape. I'm not sure if it registered all the steps (the instructions said it wouldn't while power walking). I got it up to 6600 -- but it only showed about 2 mi. I am hoping to remember to put it on right away in the morning from now on -- will be interesting to see how many steps I actually walk each day.

Happy walking everyone! :)

06-10-2004, 11:01 AM
tama2037, I was wondering what you do for a living?

I am a secretary that sits at a desk all day. Even tho I do WATP tapes 5 days a week (2 or 3 or 4 miles) and even tho I am on my feet the rest of my day (other than work) I don't think I would get in anything close to 10,000 steps.

Just wondered how you spend your day that you are able to get in that many steps.

enquiring minds what to know. ;)


06-13-2004, 08:24 PM
I tried a pedometer from Modells and I noticed it wasn't counting all my steps. So I exchanged it for another and noticed the same thing. I noticed it works off a type of pendulum mechanism and since I carry so much weight around my non-existant waist sometimes the waistband would roll when I would sit at my desk. I think my cushiony middle was acting as a shock absorber to that pendulum as I would specifically count the steps and it wouldn't register them all. I bought another but haven't given it a fair shot for fear the same would happen. Any other middle wieghts run into this problem.

06-15-2004, 05:36 AM
I have tried a few brands, they are never exact when I count my own steps. But they do give good averages, you know, like trying to increase your walking maybe 10% over your last day, whatever number it gives you. I am a nurse and wear it 24hr/day so I get about 14000 without even trying, so I probably need to try and increase to 16-18000 for weight loss??? Any one else have this problem?

06-17-2004, 05:48 PM
Some pedometers are more accurate than others. I believe the Digiwalker brand was found to be the most accurate -- costs about $30 at Galyan's, online, and at a few other stores. A few years ago I read somewhere that Accusplit was also a good brand.

Without making any extra effort, I only walk about 4000 steps a day. I add in a short walk on my 2 10-minute breaks and a 1 mile walk on my lunch and I usually get to 8000. I do aerobics every morning so I don't stress if I don't reach 10,000, but I do also walk in the evenings when I have a chance and my kids cooperate. Then I usually reach 12000.

06-23-2004, 09:08 AM
I have bought 2 pedometers both in the $30 range. I was not happy with either. I now use one I got from McD's. It gives me a ball park number. My problem with the other 2 was they would not stay on or in place right. The clip was not very strong so they would move. The one from McD's has a stronger clip and stays put. Personally I don't think any can count every step and not count every movement. They are used to give you a ball park number.

06-29-2004, 02:05 AM
I've been using a pedometer for about two months now. I put it on my nightstand so that I can start using it right out of bed every morning. I bought a $10 one from the grocery store I work at, and it counts steps/miles only. I find that it sometimes works better if I have it clipped to a horizontal pocket on my thigh rather than my waistband. I work in Produce and I am on my feet all throughout my shift. On a busy day at work, plus any extra activities I do in the barn or at home or shopping, I can easily hit 15,000 steps. My all time high was 22,871! My goal is to get higher step counts on my days off, when sometimes I can only achieve ~3,000-5,000 steps.

06-29-2004, 12:53 PM
I enjoy doing this, and like jiffypop, I try to get additional exercise in as well... If I get my 10k steps in during my regular daily life, I feel content for the day. Sometimes I add an extra walk or even a jog in as well! I feel like this allows me to have an occasional snack or two, and I do not feel guitly. We all need to increase our activity levels, that seems to be the real solution. The pedometer is well worth the money folks!

06-30-2004, 01:14 PM
I think I am going out to buy one today! Since starting my volunteer program at the Hooved Animal Humane Society, I've been real interested in how many miles I put in there. Heck, the walk from the center to the top barn has to be near 1/3 mile! And the amount of times I am walking back and forth, not to mention the runs to the manure pile while mucking, or cleaning the pastures? :) I might be pleasantly surprised on those Saturdays. Now of course, the trick will be to get my office job work days up to a respectable level!

Gonna pick up either an Accusplit or Digiwalker - see what Target has. :) Now I am all excited!