It is confession time here at Chez Angel. When in elementary, middle and high school I was the student that could not stand PE class. I hated running, jumping, and climbing. The weeks that we did gymnastics I would cringe. Just the thought of getting sweaty and having to change made me physically ill.
Through the years I have always made excuses about not having time to work out. Several years ago I was lucky and lost a lot of weight with Weight Watchers and never did anything above and beyond that. This time around sticking to points did not cut it. I was older and my metabolism had changed after my second pregnancy. As I have previously mentioned on my blog, I finally found a workout that I really like. Leslie Sansone makes a Walk at Home DVD series. Sure walking sounds easy, but Sansone makes you move and use all of the muscles in your body. Over the last few weeks, I have grown to love these daily workouts and actually get upset if I skip a day.
As I was walking, kicking and sweating away, I was curious about how many steps I was doing. Everyone would always talk about the magic 10,000 daily steps that are key to your health. Was I getting these without my workout or did these 2-5 miles with Leslie Sansone push me over the edge? I started to investigate pedometers. I wanted something that was not going to break easily and that I could toss in my pocket. Below is what I finally found and decided to splurge on:
My new Omron HJ-112 pocket pedometer finally arrived on Tuesday. I quickly calibrated it and put it on. After a few hours I had 1,508 steps. Then it was time to do a 3 mile workout with Leslie Sanson. In 45 minutes I was able to do 39 minutes of Aerobic moving and 4,083 steps! So in the few hours that I wore the pedometer I had almost 6,000 steps.
Wednesday I wore the pedometer the entire day. In the morning, while I finished up my laundry and the little guy slept, I put The Biggest Loser on my DVR and watched it while power walking. I walked for 51 minutes (Aerobic according to the pedometer) and did 6,195 steps. Later in the day, the boys went outside to play. I stayed inside for part of it and did 3 of the Fat Burning Miles with Leslie Sansone. That was another 38 minutes of Aerobic exercise and 4,144 additional steps. For the day I had 13,394 steps.
I am hooked and love this handy dandy little gizmo. It motivates me to do more and lets me keep track of what I have done during the day. I can not wait to see how many steps and miles I log while at Disney World.
So my question for this week:
Have you ever had a pedometer or thought about buying one? If you have used one, do you find that you walk more when you use it?
Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the Mr. Linky there if you are participating.
i have one. it’s pretty nice. and it’s still in the box.
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I own the same pedometer! I adore Leslie Sansone and yes, I pay more attention to how much I walk.
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I used to wear one daily when I taught PE. I was AMAZED at how much I walked. I could not wear one now… I would be DEPRESSED if I did so!
I got a free one, doesn’t work very well, but it was fun to see how many steps I take
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i have never had one but have thought about getting one
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I had one before, but I’m not sure if it was calibrated right, so I stopped using it.
Shari @ a Psych Mommy’s last blog post..Aloha Friday
I have had a couple although I have never used any of them. I keep thinking I will but … Maybe I’ll have to look into this again.
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I have several, but I haven’t used them. I really need to start – thanks for reminding me!
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Yes, I pay more attention when I am actually wearing it!
Michelle M’s last blog post..Aloha Friday #2
Yes, I think it encourages you to walk more when you’re wearing a pedometer. They say 10,000 steps/day is good for health. Recently, in D.C., I walked between 12-15 miles each day!
Everydaywoman’s last blog post..Aloha Friday #4
No, but I think I should try it
Nabeel’s last blog post..Friday Question
I tried one once but it must not have been very good because it constantly reset itself. So it never really had an effect on me.
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I have one but I don’t really use it unless I’m doing laps at the track or something. And, when I use it, I constantly check it!!
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I have one and used it in the beginning. Now it just sits there in my drawer! I should start using it again.
Michelle’s last blog post..Aloha Friday
no, but I think if I had one it would force me to walk more.
Rob’s last blog post..Me And My Boy
I have one, I think I used it only once.
Angie’s last blog post..Aloha Friday – May 1, 2009
I have never had one, but it’s a very good idea..
My son has one and uses it all the time. I’m often amazed at how ‘far he’s traveled’ throughout the day!
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I had one during my last pregnancy. I had gestational diabetes and needed exercise. I found that I walked more because I had set a specific number of steps that I wanted to take each day.
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yes, I have worn them. I posted about it on my Fit Sit http://ready2getfit.blogspot.com (look in pedometers archive) I found it hard for me. It would not register. blogged about that. I do think, if it works ,it will push you to do more. Increasing the the number will help encourage your activity.
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I would love to get one. Maybe I’ll do that this weekend.
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I don’t have one but would love to get one. TFS
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I had one but it didn’t work very well :(
I should probably buy a better quality one and try again lol
Michelle’s last blog post..Aloha Friday
I used to have one and probably still do somewhere but I rarely used it LOL
Toni’s last blog post..Aloha Friday 5/1/09
I have the same pedometer as you do! Love it, and wore it all the time until about six months ago, when my son lost it. Then, after I got out of the habit, I could never seem to get back into it.
I got one free in a cereal box years ago and used it at work. I couldn’t believe how many steps I took in a day – although now I cant remember. I am an RN and I work 12 hours a day and most of that day is walking – so it was a great thing to see how many steps I took. It didn’t last too long and I was disappointed when it broke and thought about getting another one – but never did :)
Have a good day!
Kelly @ Always Believe’s last blog post..Aloha Friday
Oh man…I don’t even want to know the total number of miles that I run each day chasing after these kids – haha!
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I’ve neverhad one and never really thought about getting one. I don’t walk around enough at one time for it to regisiter anything significant
Melinda’s last blog post..Aloha Friday #2
I have a WW pedometer, it’s pretty cool as it tells you how many actiivty points you get for the amount of steps you’ve taken – it has 2 modes, one for while you’re actively walking to exercise and one for everyday activities. I haven’t used it in a while but I have found I do take more steps when I have it on. I like to wear it to places like museums or when we’ll be doing a lot of walking just to see how many steps I took.
You sound like you’re doing great with your new exercise routine, I just wish I could get back into it! I know I’m busy but it’s no excuse.
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I love pedometers! I have one that I used to wear all the time and I ABSOLUTELY walked more because of it! I even did laps in the kitchen, all in the goal of hitting 10,000. Good luck and enjoy!!
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I love pedometers..but I always lose them!!!! lol I definitely walk more when I wear one!!
By the way, my brother is going to CA this weekend for vacation as well.. lol I think sometimes there is more “scare” than “fact” :)
My husband use to wear one but I have never. I probably should because just like you, it would motivate me. I love the Biggest Loser, one of my favorite TV shows.
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Interestingly…I was just thinking about buying one specifically to see how many miles I walk while at Disneyland. Silly I know but I just need to know. :)
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I have never owned one, but I like the idea of it!
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Yes but it isn’t like your cool one. Oh and the battery is dead. Must replace battery! Thanks for the reminder.
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I don’t own one, but I’d like to get one!
My cell phone actually has one built in! I used to use it all the time when I worked. I used to take over 10,000 steps a day working in retail and walking around the store for 8 hours. I’m not so healthy now…
Angela’s last blog post..Aloha Friday 5/1
I do have one, but it’s sat on the desk all winter. Now that it’s nice again I’ll start walking again, and I will walk more. I look to see what the ole pedometer says, and then think to myself “I can walk more than that!”
I’ve never used a pedometer. I think I could use one to show my hubster how busy I am during the day though. lol
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I think that’s a cool gadget especially for people who loves walking. I’ve never had one before.
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My husband uses a pedometer, but I wouldn’t say it makes him walk more – it just lets him more accurately keep track of how much he is walking (and how much I’m walking if I’m with him).
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