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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592287026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592287024
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Mark Fenton sure likes to get around. That's him in Supersize Me, handing actor/director Martin Spurlock a pedometer and talking about the state of the nation's ever-enlarging waistband. And on his PBS series, America's Walking,
he's inspired millions to do something about it. You can count on seeing Fenton almost monthly on the pages of Health, where he's a contributing editor, in magazines from Parade to Prevention, from the LA Times to the New York Times, and in communities across the country launching walking programs and helping to build more walkable streets. No wonder the Washington Post calls Mark Fenton "America's reigning guru of walking."
What compels him to do all of this? Fenton thinks it's high time for his fellow Americans to get around as much as he does. In Pedometer Walking, he teams up with top exercise researcher David R. Bassett Jr. to help readers get moving, and the good news is that with a pedometer you soon learn that every step counts. In case you haven't heard - or seen Oprah wearing one - this handy little device packs a mighty motivational punch by actually recording your steps for you. With the current recommendation of at least 10,000 steps a day for good health, fitness, and even weight loss, you'll find you can rack them up while grocery shopping, walking the dog, and even stepping out for lunch.
With solid information about choosing and using a pedometer, insights into building a step-friendly lifestyle (and neighborhood), and a six-week program to get you started, Pedometer Walking may very well be one of the most important exercise tools in years.

About the Author

Mark Fenton, host of the PBS series America's Walking and author of The Complete Guide to Walking and Walking Through Pregnancy, has written numerous research articles about exercise science and athletic footwear. Formerly editor-at-large of Walking magazine, Fenton was a member of the United States national race-walking team from 1986 to 1991. He lives in Scituate, Massachusetts.

David R. Bassett is a professor of exercise science at the University of Tennessee, and a pioneer in pedometer research. His studies have been covered by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today,and countless other national publications. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

More About the Author

Mark Fenton, the nation's foremost expert on walking, offers realistic solutions to help readers get off the couch and start living healthier lifestyles. He lives in Scituate, Massachusetts.

Customer Reviews

Overall, I enjoyed the book and found it easy to read and very informative.
Butterscotch
Quality pedometers, by simply counting your daily steps, are excellent and clever tools to motivate, measure and improve your personal daily walking habits.
H. W. Kanis
Much of the material you will already know, but it reinforces your knowledge of why walking is so very good for the body.
Philippa S. Davies

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dr A VINE VOICE on March 11, 2007
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I love my pedometer, purchased after seeing Fenton in Supersize Me. I love it so much, I bought 6 Omrons in recent weeks to give to good friends. But the book - whoa! Feeble. It felt like a magazine article, pumped full of air to bring it up to the size of a book. I felt there was nothing that could not have fit into a 2-3 page tightly written article. Thank you amazon for your generous return policy!
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By John on March 31, 2006
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I am an American who lived in Europe for about 8 years. I walked everywhere, probably 4 or more miles a day. I weighed about 180 back then. I now live in the U.S. (Dallas) and weigh about 192. I can tell you, walking works. My dad told me when he visited me in Europe how fit I was and thin. I ate all the same "fatty" foods as now, and drank as much beer, but I still was thinner, because I walked so much. This book shows you how to do it. I now have a pedometer on my belt and I try to get the "gold standard" of about 9,500 steps a day, which is the average in central Europe. I know this works, because I did it.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By H. W. Kanis on January 30, 2006
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This important walking recommendation and lifestyle advice was already given around 450 BC by the classic Greek physician Hippocrates. "Pedometer Walking" is a very welcome and timely book by experts to update this advise with the help of a modern stepcounter.
Quality pedometers, by simply counting your daily steps, are excellent and clever tools to motivate, measure and improve your personal daily walking habits.
The book is packed with practical quality advise to take full advantage of walking for your health with a reliable pedometer. Thereby stimulating your vascular health - improving your bloodpressure, bloodsugar and cholesterol - and therefore contributing to the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases. I am convinced this book can be of great practical help for nearly everyone.

As a public health physician and a personal practitioner of pedometer walking since long, the benefit of walking with a pedometer for me is above all that it acts as a very effective monitoring and motivating device for more daily steps. Walking with a pedometer doubled my daily steps from about 5000 to more than 10.000 a day. It can stimulate many to improve the quality of their daily life and easily adopt a more active and healthy lifestyle by regular walking with a pedometer.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 7, 2007
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I have been walking daily for years now, and I have been using a pedometer for a few months. I read the book once I was already familiar with pedometer walking, so a lot of the information in it was not new to me. Still, some of the tips in the book were useful and I especially liked the list of additional resources at the end of the book. I think the book would be even more useful for beginners. It helps select a good pedometer, use it accuratly, determine how much one is normally walking and improving one's total number of weekly steps. It seems to assume one is still struggling to build up to 10,000 steps per day and most of its tips are given to reach that goal. This was a bit annoying for me, since I was already walkin that much when I started reading the book, but I was still able to use some of the information to further increase my total steps. I strongly reccomend the book for beginners and I think some more experienced walkers might also find it useful.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth B. Wolf on January 11, 2007
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This book is obviously well-researched, an easy read, with just enough statistics to confirm its importance to use a pedometer when you walk. I told my Dr. that was what I was now doing. I gave him a copy, courtesy of Amazon, he read it, bought a pedometer, and now recommends the book and pedometer to his patients. It's an easy way to encourage a person to keep fit. I wear my pedometer every day now, thanks to the book. I can monitor to see if I reach my goal of 10,000 steps a day. Sometimes I do more, sometimes less, but I keep track of it and feel better and fitter after having read Pedometer Walking. I recommend it without reservation.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Louise M. Warburton on July 14, 2006
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Thought this book helped to motivate me on the 10,000 step goal even though at times it was fairly unrealistic to think one would move to the city in the interest of taking more steps! It lays out a six week program that is realistic and achievable. I feel better already 3 weeks into it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Butterscotch on September 22, 2007
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My first thought when I saw this book was, " what a stupid book -who needs a book about how to operate a pedometer." My curiosity about what the book might entail made me open the first few pages and read a bit. I was pleasantly surprised by the words on the page. This is definitely a good book for people who are at or below the basic level of fitness and want to get started doing something to improve their health.
There is really nothing simpler than putting on a pedometer and letting it count your steps, and the book doesn't explain pedometers as much as the concept of walking your way to fitness with the aid of a pedometer. There is a nice list of resources at the back of the book, as well as some suggestions about what pedometer to purchase. There are a few more than 6 chapters but, basically, this is a 6-week program that is designed to increase your steps per day up to 10,000. The author shows you creative ways to achieve your step goal (although not all of them are practical, especially if you live in a large, sprawling city or an inner city neighborhood with limited walking spaces). Overall, I enjoyed the book and found it easy to read and very informative. The book is primarily for beginners/those not interested in high-impact activities and will get you interested enough to try and walk your way to health.
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