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I recently purchased a pedometer.  The reason?

Well..I have been so busy and have just not had time to go to the Gym. I always feel guilty when I’m at the gym because I feel like I should be giving both my dog and my horse exercise. So, I try to ride  before work or at night. But, then I am lacking exercise that is focused just on myself. So, I wondered just how much exercise I get when I’m giving exercise to my horse and my dog.

I found that I easily get close to 7,000 on an easy ride day..and way over 10,000 if I’m spending the day with my horse. On the days I don’t ride or take my dog jogging…I barely get any!

The Pedometer measures how many steps I take in a day. And according to MunFitnessBlog.com I need 10-11,000 a day to keep healthy.

There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the things I need to do, let alone the things I would LIKE to do.

I like my pedometer…At least it helps me keep track. I bought it at REI. You can buy them on line for cheaper, but I like going home with something instead of waiting for it!

  • For women:
    • 18 to 40 years old: 12 000 steps per day
    • 40 to 50 years old: 11 000 steps per day
    • 50 to 60 years old: 10 000 steps per day
    • 60 years old above: 8 000 steps per day
  • For men:
    • 18 to 50 years old: 12 000 steps per day
    • 50 years old: 11 000 steps per day

From the figures:
Men require more steps to maintain their weight compared to women. However, I am a bit skeptical 12,000 steps are needed for such a big range of ages, from 18 to 50 years old. If you look at the women groups, the number of steps recommended is actually reducing with age.

Behind the figures:
Regardless of the age and gender, the study has confirmed that those who have set up goals and keep a journal for successive increases, their activity has risen as much as 27% after 4 months. Therefore, setting target is important in whatever fitness activity we do.

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