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Counting Steps: Does It Really Work for Weight Loss?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Counting steps. Chances are good that you’ve heard of this easy, low-stress weight loss option. It’s been a fairly popular choice for the health conscious over the past few years. You may have heard someone talking about it, seen posts on social media about meeting a certain number of steps, or read about various versions online. But is it as effective as it is popular? Or is this another fad that will eventually bite the dust? Before you tackle this new method for slimming down, take a look at this quick guide for getting started and making it work.

What is the Counting Steps Approach?

Essentially, counting steps is just walking. You’ll buy a device -- like a pedometer -- or use an app on your phone. This device will quite literally count every step that you take throughout the day. It keeps track of your average steps, heart rate, any increases or decreases in activity, and various other options, depending on your particular version.

Does It Work?

The truth about counting steps is that it can absolutely work … if you work it. Walking is an excellent form of exercise. It burns calories, works the muscles, and improves stamina. And the more you walk, the more calories you burn, and the more likely you are to lose weight. Those who count steps usually try to reach a certain goal, which forces them to get up and get active when they might normally be in front of the TV. When used properly, those who count steps actually do usually lose weight. Will they become a powerhouse with rippling muscles and 10 percent body fat? No, but that’s not usually the goal. If you’re simply looking to drop a few pounds, and you’re not keen on hardcore gym workouts, counting steps might be a great option.

Is There Anything Else to It?

Many people hear about counting steps and immediately think that it’s too good to be true. Is it? While the simple act of increasing movement can help you lose weight, you’ll be more successful if you incorporate other healthy habits as well. Try cutting junk food, lowering overall caloric intake, and getting more sleep. Try drinking more water and sticking to a daily routine. The more healthy habits that you bring into your life, the more success you’ll find, no matter which exercise route you decide to take.

Counting steps can be a great way to lose some weight and feel better in your own skin. If you’re interested, give it a try! The benefits are numerous and the negatives virtually zero. Buy or download a device, get dedicated in your mind, and step your way into better health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.

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