Step it up with an activity tracker

By Mayo Clinic Staff

For about $10 to $50, you can buy a basic pedometer and begin counting your steps. An activity tracker may cost two to three times that amount. To get started, wear your activity tracker throughout the day for about a week. Add up the total number of steps and divide by seven. This is your baseline. From there, you can start setting short-term goals, such as adding 1,000 steps a day. A long-term goal may be walking 10,000 steps a day.

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