TODAY is the last day to input steps for week 3

Log your steps TODAY!

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10,000 steps. 10K a day.  We see this goal everywhere…from Fitbit advertising to workplace challenges and everything in-between…but WHY?? 

Here’s where it all started: the Japanese did a marketing campaign as a precursor to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  They were promoting an early Japanese pedometer created by Dr. Yoshiro Hatano in the hopes they could persuade their fellow Japanese to become less slothful and more active.  If he could convince them to increase their daily steps from 4,000 to 10,000 then they would burn off approximately 500 extra calories a day.  Ironically, the pedometer was called a Manpo-Kei.  In Japanese, “man” means 10,000, “po” means steps and “kei” means meter.  So it was, literally, a 10,000 steps meter.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity each week.  Following these guidelines can contribute to overall better health and can decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes.  Walking is a simple way to reach this goal!  It’s easy on the joints, inexpensive and environmentally friendly.  The average American walks 3000-4000 steps per day, however this will not meet the CDC’s goal.  Therefore, the CDC also promotes 10,000 steps a day to prevent chronic diseases.

How can I hit 10,000 steps?!  Here’s some easy tips:

• Walk with friends or family

• Park further out in the parking lot

• Host a walking meeting

• When out shopping, make a couple extra laps

• Keep extra shoes and socks at work

• Walk while waiting for your table   

• Position your trash further away, so you have to get up and walk

• Walk with music on

• Walk during commercials

• Take the stairs versus the elevator

• Skip the walking escalators in the airport

• Convert other activities into steps  

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Don't forget that you can log many other activities as steps. That's right!!  Everything counts! We have a fabulous conversion chart where you can find your activity, calculate the conversion and add to your step count for the day...it's that easy!

The Get Moving Challenge is in its last week. Enter your steps for last week by the end of today. This week, keep track of your steps or convert them from other forms of activity (swimming, strength training, stair climbing…) and log them online.  The goal is get you moving or to get you to move MORE.  And of course, each week there are chances to win individual or team prizes with TWO $100 Grand Prizes given at the end. 

The Get Moving Challenge runs from August 25th - September 21stSign in and log your steps today!

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