NEW LIFESTYLES Inc., a company committed to fostering healthy lifestyles, is attempting to stir the public to fitness through one central philosophy: Take 10,000 steps every day. The company asserts that doing that can do wonders for one’s health by burning 2,000 to 3,500 extra calories per week, increasing one’s levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol and providing other benefits.
David R. Bassett, Jr., a professor in the department of health and exercise science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, explains, “People who take 10,000 steps per day have lower blood pressures and less body fat, compared to those who take fewer steps. The 10,000-steps-per-day recommendation could be beneficial to a sedentary population. Most sedentary people take only about 3,000 to 5,000 steps per day.”
Of course, the key is to work oneself up to 10,000 steps per day. “Achieving a goal of 10,000 steps per day does not mean that everyone needs to become an exercise fanatic,” says Teresa Vollenweider, president and CEO of NEW LIFESTYLES. “The average person will accumulate 3,000 to 5,000 steps per day. The next step is to find some creative ways to increase the total number taken per day until you reach 10,000.”
To help people quantify their progress, NEW LIFESTYLES sells an assortment of economical fitness-monitoring devices. Chief among these tools are pedometers, which count one’s steps. The company also offers pedometers that count one’s steps and measure the distance one walks and pedometers that not only count one’s steps and measure one’s distance but also count the calories one burns. For more information on NEW LIFESTYLES, its philosophy and its products, visit www.new-lifestyles.com.