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Mark Fenton sure likes to get around. That's him in Supersize Me, handing actor/director Martin Spurlock a pedometer and talking about the state of the nation's ever-enlarging waistband. And on his PBS series, America's Walking,
he's inspired millions to do something about it. You can count on seeing Fenton almost monthly on the pages of Health, where he's a contributing editor, in magazines from Parade to Prevention, from the LA Times to the New York Times, and in communities across the country launching walking programs and helping to build more walkable streets. No wonder the Washington Post calls Mark Fenton "America's reigning guru of walking."
What compels him to do all of this? Fenton thinks it's high time for his fellow Americans to get around as much as he does. In Pedometer Walking, he teams up with top exercise researcher David R. Bassett Jr. to help readers get moving, and the good news is that with a pedometer you soon learn that every step counts. In case you haven't heard - or seen Oprah wearing one - this handy little device packs a mighty motivational punch by actually recording your steps for you. With the current recommendation of at least 10,000 steps a day for good health, fitness, and even weight loss, you'll find you can rack them up while grocery shopping, walking the dog, and even stepping out for lunch.
With solid information about choosing and using a pedometer, insights into building a step-friendly lifestyle (and neighborhood), and a six-week program to get you started, Pedometer Walking may very well be one of the most important exercise tools in years.
The author of the best-selling "Complete Guide to Walking," teams up with top exercise researcher to help readers get moving.
About the Author
, host of the PBS series America's Walking
and author of The Complete Guide to Walking
and Walking Through Pregnancy
, has written numerous research articles about exercise science and athletic footwear. Formerly editor-at-large of Walking
magazine, Fenton was a member of the United States national race-walking team from 1986 to 1991. He lives in Scituate, Massachusetts.
David R. Bassett is a professor of exercise science at the University of Tennessee, and a pioneer in pedometer research. His studies have been covered by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today,and countless other national publications. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
1) A New Approach to Fitness
2) The Origin of Pedometers
3) Thomas Jefferson's Step Counter
4) Choosing a Pedometer
5) Getting Started
6) 10,000 steps per day, the Japanese Way
7) Pedometer Programs to Increase Activity
8) Tips for Increasing Daily Steps
9) Health Benefits of 10,000 steps per day
10) Walking and Weight Loss
11) Healthy Eating
12) Fitness Walking
13) Children and Pedometers
14) Hiking with Pedometers
15) The Amish: A Natural History of Step Counting
16) Walking Throughout the World
17) Successful Aging
Appendix A- Body Mass Index
Appendix B- Resting Metabolic Rate
Appendix C- One-Mile Walk Fitness Test
Appendix D- Where to Purchase Pedometers