Few hours before 2012 chimes in, it is time for contemplating on New Year’s resolutions. One of the commonly broken New Year’s resolutions is losing weight and getting fit. I am one of those people who resolved to eat smarter and exercise more.  Yet, I still can see flabs in my tummy and arms. My weight did not change much.

Finding time to exercise is difficult. I can give a litany of excuses. The simplest way to exercise that sounded appealing to me is taking ‘10,000 steps a day’ . Thus, I bought a cheap pedometer for starters. It only cost P50 at CDR-King.

Above was the my pedometer reading after I did some errands that involved a lot of walking.  I have yet to achieve 10,000 steps in one day. When I walked our dog, I got 700-800 steps.

I don’t know the device’s accuracy. I tried walking leisurely to test. It recorded less than the steps I took. When I walked fast, it seemed to record more than the actual steps. I, therefore, conclude that this device can only approximate my steps. Nevertheless, my goal is to hit 10,000 steps a day with this inaccurate device of mine.  Good luck to me.

I found this study and below is its proposal:

Based on currently available evidence, we propose the following preliminary indices be used to classify pedometer-determined physical activity in healthy adults: (i). <5000 steps/day may be used as a 'sedentary lifestyle index'; (ii). 5000-7499 steps/day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered 'low active'; (iii). 7500-9999 likely includes some volitional activities (and/or elevated occupational activity demands) and might be considered 'somewhat active'; and (iv). >or=10000 steps/day indicates the point that should be used to classify individuals as 'active'. Individuals who take >12500 steps/day are likely to be classified as 'highly active'.

Oh no, 12,500 steps! What have I gotten myself into? LOL!