Friday, April 17, 2009

New Research in American Journal of Preventive Medicine

New research came out this week by way of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that looked at exercise intensity as it relates to walking and pedometer use. One of the issues that most people miss the big picture on, in my opinion, is exercise intensity. This is especially true when it come to walking. This new study determined that the appropriate intensity for walking 30 minutes is approximately 100/steps/min. which equates to about 3000 steps in 30 minutes if your using a pedometer. Here in lies the problem for most people. Depending on the season, most people average less than 5000 steps for the entire day let alone just for exercise (10,000 steps are what you should be aiming for during one day listen to NPR story on this topic). So, for your next walk, pick up your intensity and try using a pedometer and build up to 100/steps/min. For more info on buying a pedometer check here at Consumer Research. Also, NPR radio has a story on the pedometer fitness fad here.

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