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Pedometer Walking: Stepping Your Way To Health, Weight Loss, And Fitness Paperback – January 1, 2006
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From the Back Cover
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
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.