Weight Loss Tip: Use A Pedometer
Weight Loss Tip #38 Use a Pedometer
Buy a pedometer. Wear it daily. Keep track of the number of steps you’re walking every day.
At Western Bariatric Institute, we started giving out pedometers to patients and staff alike. The enthusiasm was contagious, and, in no time, people were competing against each other, checking in to see who had done how many steps the day before, competing to do more the next day.
Use a pedometer to count the number of steps you take every day. Set a goal for a minimum number of steps. Once you’ve started achieving your goal you’ll find you’re ready to push further. You’ll find yourself parking farther away from where you’re going and taking the stairs rather than the elevator just so you can count more steps. Good for you! This is a behavioral change for the better. When you’re trying to hit a goal every day, you feel better; when you hit or exceed that goal, you feel better still. And instead of letting your mind drift and find ways of being lazier – shortcuts and escalators and driving from one store in the same parking lot to the next – your brain is working competitively, adding steps beating goals.
There are a lot of models of pedometers out there. I recommend starting with a simple version. If you end up hooked (and hopefully will) you can always upgrade to a fancy pedometer that will help you convert the length of your stride into mileage and preform other functions such as operating like a stopwatch.