My goal is 10,000 steps a day. To reach it on days when I am not playing tennis, I have to look for opportunities to walk. If I’m short of my 10,000-step goal, I’ll park at the far edge of the grocery store parking lot or I’ll suggest a “walk and talk” lunch with a friend.
I’m delighted at the pedometer’s impact on my habits. Wearing the pedometer makes me more conscious of how much exercise I am getting, and I find myself willing to make a special effort to reach my daily goal. Researchers have confirmed that people walk more when they wear a pedometer and lose modest amounts of weight without changing eating habits.