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Taking it One Step at a Time

Experts recommend taking a minimum of 10,000 steps every day. Not quite making the grade? Don't sweat it! (get it? sweat it?)

New research is showing that a minimum of 5,000 daily steps has significant improvement on cardiovascular health.

A little mindfulness about taking extra steps during the day can really make a difference in your health.

Park the car further away, take the stairs, use the ladies room farthest away from you, or take a stroll around the block after dinner. When shopping, walk the perimeter of the store once or twice before stopping in the department / store where you need to go. You don't have to run marathons to improve your health, you just need to take it one step at a time.

Small steps really do add up. What can you do today to fit in a few extra steps in your daily routine?

Tracking your steps: You don’t need to purchase a $100 step tracker to get started. (If you are looking to purchase one, I’m in lust with the FitBit.)

I own the FitBit ONE. I can clip it to my bra instead of my waistband so I can wear it when I’m wearing a dress or kayaking so it doesn’t get wet. The rest of the world also doesn't know I'm wearing it and it doesn't give me tan lines.

If you have a smart phone, you likely already have a ‘health’ app that came with the phone that tracks steps. I have also tested out the ‘steps’ app and found it be to one of the more accurate phone apps. (Some are a lighter touch calibration so it shows 4 steps for 1 actual.) The better calibration, the more accurate. Don’t cheat your body by ‘shaking out the steps’. Be honest with yourself about each actual step and your body will reward you with better health.

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