Anyone interested in improving their fitness and health is welcome to join. We hope adults, students, and whole families will participate together and that you will invite friends, neighbors and coworkers to join you on this journey to better fitness and health. Emphasis is on becoming physically active and accumulating miles through walking or other activities, like biking, swimming, running, and active sports.
1. Get a pedometer. With the help of an inexpensive pedometer you can track your physical activity. Pedometers give you immediate feedback on how active, or inactive, you are. They are great motivators and help you track daily progress. Research shows that people who use a pedometer naturally walk more than those without one.
2. Start walking. Start by wearing the pedometer every day . Put it on when you get up in the morning and wear it until bed time.The average person is probably already walking one to two miles over the course of a day. The average person's stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, and 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles.
Tips for Getting Started with Physical Activity
3. Log your physical activity miles. Record your daily steps in a log or notebook. By the end of the week you will know your average daily steps. You might be surprised how many (or how few) steps you get in each day. You are more likely to succeed in increasing your fitness level if you see your progress over time.
Our goal is to accumulate 2 million physical activity miles through walking or other physical activity.