Mark Fenton, television personality and author of the best-selling Complete Guide to Walking, teams up with top exercise researcher, David R. Bassett, to help readers get moving. These guys know what works, and they've got pedometers on the brain.
During the last ten years, pedometer use has grown exponentially. "Step counting" broke into the exercise vocabulary when Oprah started sporting her own pedometer, and the mania has only grown. Ten years ago there were five pedometers on the market; today there are dozens. But what to do with them? Hearing the cries for solid information, authors David R. Bassett and Mark Fenton have stepped up.
Covered in this guide are a history of step counting--Jefferson was a fan, and a pedometer was designed by Leonardo da Vinci--advice on choosing a pedometer, and a guide to starting a pedometer program, with looks at successful ones in the U.S., Australia, and Europe. Most important may be the chapters treating the tremendously successful 10,000-steps-per-day programs initiated in Japan, as well as the modifications it needs to work for children and senior citizens.
Aside from the pedometer itself, Pedometer Walking may be one of the most important exercise tools in years.
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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.
Mark Fenton, 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.
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