Take 10,000 Steps Today!
Couple walking Do you sit at a desk all day? If so, you probably fall into the sedentary category and are only accumulating about 3,000 or 4,000 steps each day. Sedentary lifestyles contribute to a number of health problems in Australia today, such as the increase in people who are overweight and obese, and the rising rates of type 2 diabetes.
If you want an easy way to increase your activity levels, the 10,000 steps program could be just what the doctor ordered. By increasing the number of steps you take each day, you are working toward changing your lifestyle to be more active and are improving your overall heath and fitness.
Research shows that you don't have to do all your exercise in one hit for health benefits to accrue. Small amounts of any physical activity throughout the day all add up to provide similar health benefits.
To participate in the 10,000 steps program, you will need a pedometer. This is a small device that you attach to your hip that counts the number of steps you take each day. If you are a DietClub.com.au member, you can use your personal check-ins to record your progress and see the results on a graph.
As you move around throughout the day, your steps all add up toward your daily total. If you take 10,000 steps throughout the day, it's the equivalent of walking for about an hour and 40 minutes.
Stride Length Help
Your Step length or Stride length is the distance you step. The average person has a step length of approximately 70cms (0.7 meters). The drop down list automatically defaults on 70cms. If you wish to change this you will need to measure your step. See below
Step 1: You will need two pens, a calculator and a tape measure.
Step 2: Place a pen on the floor as your starting line.
Step 3: Hold the other pen in your hand.
Step 4: Place both of your heels so they are touching your starting line (pen) and walk 10 steps.
Step 5: Bring your feet together on the 10th step and place the pen you are holding behind your heels.
Step 6: Measure the distance between the two pens and divide by 10. That is your stride (step) length.
Step 7: You can use your heels or your toes to measure your step length.
Example: Total distance between the two pens is 663cms.
Divide 663 (cm) by 10 (steps) = 66.3 (cm)=Your average step length is 65cms
NB. It is advisable to do this a couple of times as it is quite normal to exaggerate your step length the first time.
“Why do you need my Step Length?”
Your step length is required to calculate your kilometres walked when using the Duration or Step count fields.
The more accurate your step length is the more accurate the conversion to kilometres will be.
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