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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (October 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566252873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566252874
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Greg Isaacs is one of the most recognized names in the health industry. With over 20 years of experience as an accomplished athlete, coach, and fitness trainer, he holds a B.S. degree in Kinesiology from the University of California at San Diego, and is both NCCPT and NASM certified. One of the most sought-after "trainers to the stars," Isaacs was recently named by Men's Journal Magazine as one of the Top 100 Trainers in the US.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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185 of 188 people found the following review helpful By Steph K. on January 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I love this book! I have never been good about exercise, and usually just get overwhelmed about starting a fitness plan, or if I do, I can't stick with it. Too busy, too tired, etc. I finally gave up on my diet and fitness books (I own a ton I never use). But a friend was recently inspired to start with 10,000 STEPS after she heard the author on the radio. She said it has really motivated her, so she recommended it, thinking I could easily do it, too.

I was skeptical as always, but I promised I would try it, and we started doing some of our walking together. I wanted to post a review and let people know that this book is great! For some reason, after all the other stuff I've tried, the 10,000 STEPS A DAY plan is actually working for me. I started using the pedometer that comes with the book as soon as I got it, about a month and a half ago, and Ive already increased my daily steps to 10K, just by using some of the super easy tips and suggestions he gives you. I especiallly like how simple the book is to follow. Unlike some of my other ones, the author doesn't seem to ask too much of you at once. He makes you believe that just simply walking really CAN help you get healthy. After about 6 wks, I not only have more energy, am in a better mood, etc., but I've miraculously lost almost 5 POUNDS already! And it really doesn't even take much time out of my day. Counting with the pedometer really helps me to know when I need to do something more to get my step count up for the day. There is SO much great info about how even the simplest changes can help (incl. eating tips, like replacing soda with tea, how to eat less salt, sample menus). After I do this a bit longer and hopefully see more results, I am going to try to start some of his strength training exercises, too.
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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Stella Nemeth on May 20, 2008
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It would not be appropriate for me to try to walk 10,000 steps a day at this point in my life. I'm 67, have bad knees and arthritis. I had knee surgery a couple of years ago and that did get me off the walker and cane, but I'm still not normal for a woman of my age.

The book is great because it doesn't take it for granted that you are 35 and just a bit under-active. There is information in there even for people like me. And even a surprise because it turned out that I had already progressed into the moderate activity range, if only just barely.

The book explains how to find your own baseline. Where you are now. It explains how to set up a reasonable goal for increasing activity. And how to do that even if you are never going to run a marathon.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Sharon L. Russell on March 24, 2007
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Anyone can use this book. It is written in a friendly, easy to read and understand style. Easy to get started on a life-long healthy activity that anyone, any age, young or elder, can do. We all feel better when we exercise and this is an inexpensive, easy to do it. The information, instruction, advice are great. We loved the quotes too. Highly recommend this book to purchase and use.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lu C on May 11, 2010
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I recently purchased a pedometer and decided to become more organized in my walking plan. I purchased this and one other book about Step programs. I prefer this one by far. It is organized and inpires through easy thoughtful methods. I am half way through reading and have been able to incorporate different ideas into my life. This is a six month program that focuses the first three months on getting moving - consistently - and is adaptable to any health level. The second 90 day plan, which I'm about to read about, focuses on managing other life styles such as food to support the continued walking plan for weight loss. This book works for me. Amazon, as always, handled my purchase with ease.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By MonaLS on March 1, 2008
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The information in the book is easy to follow and I have already started losing weight on a 10,000 steps program. However I am using a different, inexpensive pedometer because I found the pedometer included with the book counted every jiggle of my leg as a step - over counting steps by the thousands. Book is recommended, pedometer is not.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By DKDC on March 22, 2013
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The book has science behind it, but 10,000 is not the right number for everyone.

This seems to be valid research - from science daily dot com

The table below shows the steps-per-day recommendations for weight control

Age women - Steps per day
18-40 12 000 steps per day
40-50 11 000
50-60 10 000
60 - 8 000

Age men - Steps per day
18-50 12 000
50 - 11 000

Journal reference: BMI - referenced cut-points for pedometer - determined steps/day in adults. Tudor-Locke, Bassett Jr, Rutherford, Ainsworth, Chan, Crocteau, Giles-Corti, Le Masurier, Moreau, Mrozek, Oppert, Raustorp, Strath, Thompson, Whitt-Glover, Wilde, Wojicik. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 2008 (5) Suppl 1. S126-S139.

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How many steps/day are enough? Preliminary pedometer indices for public health.
Tudor-Locke C, Bassett DR Jr.
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Department of Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University, Mesa, Arizona 85212, USA.
Abstract

Pedometers are simple and inexpensive body-worn motion sensors that are readily being used by researchers and practitioners to assess and motivate physical activity behaviours. Pedometer-determined physical activity indices are needed to guide their efforts. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to review the rationale and evidence for general pedometer-based indices for research and practice purposes. Specifically, we evaluate popular recommendations for steps/day and attempt to translate existing physical activity guidelines into steps/day equivalents.
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