A step counter is a device, that counts each step a person takes by detecting the motion of the person’s hands or hips. Used originally by sports, step counters are now becoming popular as an everyday exercise counter and motivator. It can record how many steps the wearer has walked that day. A total of 10,000 steps per day, equivalent to 8 kilometres (5.0 mi), is recommended by some to be the benchmark for an active lifestyle, although this point is debated among experts. Thirty minutes of moderate walking are equivalent to 3,000-4,000 steps.
Leonardo da Vinci envisioned a mechanical pedometer as a device with military applications. In 1780 Abraham-Louis Perrelet of Switzerland created the first pedometer, measuring the steps and distance while walking. In 1965 a step counter called a manpo-kei (meaning “10,000 steps meter”) was marketed in Japan by Y. Hatano.
So far the proof that the step counter is not just a silly device for sissies. And it works! Through the years I discovered that 10.000 steps is a good guideline. When Steve was still around, most of the days I could not make that many steps. So one could say that the lifestyle of a carer, just like that of the patient, is not really healthy. Now that I live on my own I’m noticing that I love to aim for a daily 10.000 steps. Of course I could do it without a device. But then I’d soon lose track. When I take the hill, I’m not out of breath on top. And I have some good walking mates. Like Claire, Gail, Melanie and Kate.
I’ve come across the following list with some ideas to sneak in steps:
– Take stairs whenever possible.
– While you wait for a flight at the airport, skip the trashy tabloid, and walk up and down the corridors.
– When grocery shopping, walk through every aisle.
– While chatting on the phone, walk around your house.
– Grab your significant other and get out there together.
– Choose a parking spot that’s far from the store entrance.
– Treat the dog to a longer walk.
– Make a walking date with a friend, instead of calling her.
Now I wonder if anyone of you has some additional remarks or objections…