The Medical Fitness Association (MFA), in conjunction with the MFA Education Committee, is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Medical Fitness Week, April 20–26, 2009. The goal of this MFA initiative is to promote an increase in physical activity levels in all ages.
Use this week to increase your own activity level by participating in your local member’s Steppin’ Out… for a Lifetime” National Walking Challenge:70,000 Steps in 7 Days.
Or try it on your own: For the next 7 days, wear a pedometer to measure the number of steps you take in a day. Set yourself a goal of a minimum of 5000 steps, to increase to 10,000 steps by the end of the week. About 2500 steps equals one mile, and walking for one mile generally burns around 100 calories. Make it a fun family event, and post your results on the fridge. At the end of the week, celebrate together with something fun and active!
How to increase your number of daily steps:
Park further away from the store
Avoid elevators and escalators – Take the stairs
Consolidate your errands, park in a central location and walk
Avoid drive-throughs and walk inside the restauarant or bank
Take an after dinner walk with the family instead of watching TV.
Walk around the house during commercial breaks if you do watch TV
At work, set your computer alarm to go off each hour and take a 5-minute walk around the building.
Walk to speak to a co-worker instead of emailing or phoning
Be creative, each added step to your day equals better fitness and a longer life!