Walk This Way

Creative programs can encourage clients to use their pedometers.

Pedometers are the new fitness toys; people everywhere are clipping them on. Unfortunately, the novelty eventually wears off and the “toys” end up in drawers, dresser catchalls and car consoles. Perhaps one reason why pedometers lose their appeal is that people don’t follow a set program that logs steps, distance and time. To motivate clients and participants to continue walking and using their pedometers, share the following imaginative ideas.

Pedometer Walking Programs

Active Lifestyle Program

www.presidentschallenge.org

Download an activity log form, or track and log daily progress online. Earn awards for reaching specific goals.

Creative Walking Inc.

www.creativewalking.com

Receive a book, a 52-week log and a pedometer. The school program incorporates pedometers, logs, a “Walk Across America” theme, a staff wellness program and family activities.

New-Lifestyles Inc.

www.thepedometercompany.com/ chalchar.html

Choose from programs geared to elementary and secondary schools or teens and adults. Do a virtual walk across various geographic regions with CHALLENGE charts.

America on the Move

www.americaonthemove.org

Log pedometer steps online and receive a free newsletter on healthy eating and active living.

Cornerstone Fitness 10,000 Steps-a-Day

www.cornerstonefitness.com./10000 Steps.html

Join this 8-week program and receive a pedometer, access to the Web site for logging and coaching tips, exercises, a T-shirt and a weekly newsletter.

Steptracker.com

www.steptracker.com

Track and chart steps with this online database. Compete with others, create a club or join existing clubs.

AccuStep Activity Wellness Programs

www.accusplit.com

Receive a stride-measuring tape, footstep challenge poster and pedometer, plus a behavior modification plan.

HealthPartners’ 10,000 Steps Program

www.10k-steps.com

Track steps taken in everyday activities such as shopping or walking to the office. Includes pedometer and a secure, personal online log.

Webwalking USA

http://walking.about.com/library/cal/blwebwalkingusa.htm

Track steps, mileage or time with a virtual walk on the American Discovery Trail.

Walking Stars Weekly Challenge

http://walking.about.com/cs/measure/a/aastars.htm

Track steps online and qualify to win an award each week.

Walk Off the Weight

www.walkofftheweight.com

Join this program and gain access to an online log, personalized walking programs and fitness calculators.

Use these interactive programs with existing or new clients to add appeal and extra incentives. Maybe you’ll be inspired to come up with your own ideas!

For the latest research, statistics, sample classes, and more, "Like" IDEA on Facebook here.

February 2004

© 2004 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

Get the award-winning IDEA Fitness Journal delivered to your door every month!

Get IDEA Fitness Journal

Article Comments

Regina Floyd
On Jul 05, 2010
The mortgage loans are very useful for guys, which are willing to start their company. As a fact, that's very easy to receive a small business loan.

Add Comment

1 + 1 =
Cancel
View all questions