Health and fitness researchers are finding that people can achieve health benefits by exercising at a less intense level than previously thought. In other words, who is sedentary most of the day but who jogs over the lunch hour may expend as much cumulative energy as someone who is active the entire day.

Two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association have confirmed that this lifestyle approach can be as effective as a traditional exercise program. Many doctors and researchers have found that wearing a pedometer is a great way to track your daily activity and inspire you to move more on days you have been sedentary.

To achieve good health, strive to take 10000 steps a day (the equivalent of walking roughly five miles). A person who walks 10,000 steps a day will burn between 2000 and 3500 extra Calories per week, which will result in achieving a vastly better health profile and longer lifespan.

If your goal is to lose weight, start slow and gradually work yourself up to walking 12000 to 15000 steps a day. Walking is a great way to lose weight—and keep it off.

Whether your goal is to achieve good health or to lose weight, put your pedometer on when you dress in the morning, and don't take it off until bedtime (unless, of course, you take a shower somewhere in between). Every step you take throughout your day counts! 

Try these strategies for extra pedometer steps!