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How many steps?

Megrose489Megrose489 Posts: 738
edited 29. May 2015, 04:35 in Community Chit-chat archive
After a diagnosis of osteopenia, I'm trying to fit more exercise into my day. I've downloaded a pedometer onto my phone, but am struggling a bit to find out how many steps I should be taking daily, for someone in my position - age 69 with OA in knees and feet, fibro and hip bursitis.

I know that 10,000 daily steps is the guideline for fit people, but what about those not so fit? Any ideas? :?

Meg

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  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    My take on it is that anything more than two hundred is heading in the right direction. I ignore the 10,000 recommendation as it bears no relation to my abilities whatsoever. I bought a pedometer but was unable to rip out the plastic tab to activate its battery :) .

    I've just taken some rubbish from the kitchen down to the wheelie bins at the end of our drive: 140 steps there and back. From the kitchen to the bedroom is 80 there and back but we do have a long house. I reckon it all adds up, Megrose, no matter what amount what we do. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 25,998 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'd doubt there is an easy solution. What I'd do if it were me would be to wear it for 3-4 days (Is it like an ordinary pedometer that clocks up your steps as you go?) and see how many steps I averaged in a day. Then aim to gradually increase it. I'd also average out a week so that, if I did a lot or a little one day I could even things up later. I believe strongly in easing oneself into more exercise. I's much easier to keep up that way and not get disheartened.
    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
  • Megrose489Megrose489 Posts: 738
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Oh DD, you did make me smile with you being unable to take out the plastic tab. Not really funny, I know, but...

    I think you've both given me sensible advice about this. The pedometer is actually an app I downloaded onto my phone, so I just put my phone into my pocket and off I go. Yes, Sticky, it works just like an ordinary pedometer and counts your steps as you go. Magic! Averaging out the number of steps in a week is a good idea, so I will be doing that. And I agree that it's much better to ease yourself into exercise.

    I think I'll probably have a better idea after a week or so of the gradual increases I can make. The app shows you the information as a bar chart over the past 7 days and also gives you the calories burned. I love gadgets!

    Thanks for your help.

    Meg
  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    That does sound to be a very useful gadget - so many apps are a waste of time, space and effort but that one? Sounds good to me! I once counted the paces to our ex-local The Fat Cat, it was 600 there and around 550 back (outward journey uphill, homeward downhill and beer-assisted :wink: ) .

    Whatever you achieve is good and this may encourage you to develop some extra ways of increasing what you do; I may trot up and down the drive twice or thrice per day, especially on the rougher days because it isn't too far and I can easily get home again! Good luck, please let us know at a later date how you are getting on. DD

    PS Just a thought: this may be a good topic for LWA, newbies who are not familiar with the forum may be interested.
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • migmig Posts: 7,150
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Which app did you pick ? i had a look but there is so many. Mig
  • Megrose489Megrose489 Posts: 738
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Mig. My son found it for me. It's called Pacer. You can download it for free from iTunes.

    Meg
  • frogmortonfrogmorton Posts: 26,323 ✭✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    My phone also has an app on it. I think it's Samsung health and the only time I ever did REALLY well was the day of Lucy's charity night :lol: I actually did do nearly the target of 10,000!!!!

    Love

    Toni xxx
    Love

    Toni xxx
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