I thought I walked quote a lot each day.
We have a quirky three story old house with loads of stairs and I run after a lively three-year-old most days.
So when I was sent an Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer I quite smugly thought, this will just show me what I already know-I walk a long way each day.
How wrong I was.
The first day I strapped it on, I became a little obsessed looking at it. I had it hanging around my neck so it was easy to keep slipping it out and having a sneaky peak.
It was really easy to set up, you really just had to work out how big each of your steps were when you walk.
At the end of the first day, I was quite pleased with myself- 5947 steps.
Then I Googled what was the recommended steps a person should walk each day.
What an eye opener.
According to the NHS, the average person walks between 3,000 and 4,000 steps per day, and 1,000 steps is the equivalent of around 10 minutes of brisk walking.
So I was only just above average.
As part of the NHS Livewell initiative, they are challenging people to 10,000 steps a day. They say that research shows that walking 10,000 steps a day will significantly improve your health. Putting one foot in front of the other can build stamina, burn excess calories and give you a healthier heart.
They share tips such as walk part of your journey to work and use the stairs instead of the lift.
Now I am never one to shy away from a challenge so I began really thinking about my daily routine.
At the supermarket for example, I use the baby and toddler parking spaces which are nearly always situated near the entrance of the store. Unlike disabled spaces which need to be near the entrance, baby and toddler spaces are purely to give parents extra room to open doors to get children in and out of bulky car seats.
I discovered that if I parked at the far end of the car park, not only did I have to walk further, there was no one parked there so I had more room to open the door to get Boo out anyway.
On the two days am at work, I parked at a car park a little further out of the city. Not only was it cheaper, I walked more so my pocket and my waistline benefited.
I’ve made a conscious effort to go for a walk every day with Boo-it is beneficial to us both. If it has rained, we’ve gone out with hoods up, umbrellas and Wellington boots.
The best readings I had on the Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer were when I went running. One day I had over 15,000 steps on there. I felt like some little streamers and whistles should have come out of it to congratulate me. I had to be thankful with a self-pat on the back but I was still pleased.
It is really a good idea to get a pedometre because, like me, I believe many people believe they are doing enough walking as part of their everyday routines when actually they are not.
I highly recommend the Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer.
It records steps, distance, speed, calories and time with the world’s most advanced Tri-Axis technology. There are three recording modes: today, split and total — with a split screen display for multi-data views.
It uses 3D Tri-Axis Sensor (X, Y, Z plane detection) provides superior accuracy in any position, counting up to one million steps with seven-day memory so you can look back t what you have achieved.
It includes a built-in clock, calendar and sports timer and, is apparently used by professional athletes
Let’s all make a conscious effort to get moving more.