Need an easy way to jumpstart your exercise program? Try strapping on a pedometer and tracking how many steps you take each day. It’s a great opportunity to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle.
The recommendation is 10,000 steps per day—about five miles for most people—as an ideal daily goal. It’s very do-able, but it’s not something you’re going to hit by accident. You have to bring it into your consciousness and start the minute your feet hit the floor in the morning.
If you’re just beginning to exercise, monitoring and increasing your steps every day is a great way to set tangible goals for yourself. And if you’re already working out regularly, use the pedometer on days when you can’t get to the gym to make sure you’re still staying active.