Step on It or, in Other Words, Walk the Talk

What if all you did was wear your pedometer and make sure you walk 10,000 steps daily? That many steps is close to 5 miles, with an average stride of 2.5 feet.

You know that old saying about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes? Do it in your own shoes first. In fact, about five miles’ worth. It’s not really that hard.

Sedentary people typically take 1,000-3,000 steps. So those extra steps are really going to make a difference. If you haven’t been actively exercising, you may want to start with walking 10 minutes daily and work up to 30 or more.

Phil Staples, a former truck driver from Iowa, weighed 429 pounds when he embarked on a weight loss program that included exercise. The first day he attempted to walk, he could only go one and a half blocks and back. Now, 202 pounds lighter, he runs along the beach and teaches others the importance of good eating and exercise. His inspiring journey is featured in the documentary, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Find it at your local library. And, while you’re at it, walk to the library.


“If you want to reach a goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”
– Zig Ziglar

Ask yourself these questions (hint: write down your answers and review them every day):

  1. What is my goal this week?
  2. What actions will help me reach my goal?
  3. When I reach my goal this week, how will reward myself?

Good luck! You’ve got this!

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