Pedometer Walking Programs for Groups and Individuals

Motivating Programs for Groups and Individuals

Do you want to motivate yourself to walk more, using your pedometer? Do you want to get your employees moving more, or inspire your school class to be more active? A pedometer program can be used to motivate you and others towards that goal. With the programs listed, a pedometer walking program book, log, or online club is included. Some are suitable for a corporate wellness program or a school challenge.

Many fitness monitors, such as Fitbit, have goals, trophies, badges and friendly competitions built into their online dashboard or mobile app. But you may have an old-school non-connected pedometer or want to compete with others who don't have the same brand of fitness tracker.

For health, you should aim for at least 6000 steps a day, and for weight loss your goal should be 10,000 steps a day. Pedometer walking programs can also reduce sitting time.

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Webwalking USA Virtual Walking Log Program

Webwalking USA Map
Webwalking USA Map. Wendy Bumgardner ©

The Webwalking USA log is a way to track your pedometer walking steps, miles, or time on a virtual walk on the American Discovery Trail from the Atlantic to the Pacific. You will print out logs to use to record your stats. This is a free way to create your own virtual walk. You may want to explore the American Discovery Trail details from their site to envision where you would be walking on any day.

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Walker Tracker

Walker Tracker designs walking-based wellness programs for communities, large and small companies and schools. Their platform and app can link to popular fitness trackers such as Fitbit or users can enter their steps each day. Programs are custom designed so you can get the right amount of interaction, challenges and rewards for your group. They have made innovative programs such as Every Step Counts for Hadassah. In that program, women use their pedometer step counts to go on a virtual pilgrimage from New York to Jerusalem, learning about history and tradition as their step count takes them past sites of interest.

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New Lifestyles School or Worksite Pedometer Programs

New Lifestyles offers over 20 different versions of school and adult pedometer walking programs with three base kits--WOW (the WHOLE WATUSI!!!), GUS (Get-You-Started), and BEK (Bare Essentials). Choose from programs geared to elementary and secondary schools or teens and adults. Their CHALLENGE charts let you do a virtual walk across various geographic regions.

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World Walking

You can join World Walking as a group or individual and use their site or app to track your walks.  It is free to join and is supported by donations. Joining takes only seconds and you can be on your way in no time. This is a good solution for mixed groups where some people have smartphones and others don't. You can choose from over a dozen routes and track your walks in many places of the world. You can even view a street view of where you are walking and print out your progress. It's an easy-to-use site that has a lot to offer for individuals or groups.

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CHALLENGE Charts

CHALLENGE charts are a great way to motivate yourself, your class, or your club to get walking. Use the charts to track your walking mileage towards destinations such as Across America, To Hawaii, Across the Wild West. It's fun and visual, you don't need to remember to check an app when it's posted on your bulletin board or refrigerator.

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Global Corporate Challenge

Global Corporate Challenge is a 100-day workplace wellness challenge that has engaged almost a million people worldwide since 2003. Companies purchase the program and form teams of seven. Each employee wears a pedometer, aiming to log at least 10,000 steps per day. By logging their steps online, they go on a virtual race around the world and compete with other teams within their company.

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10,000 Steps A Day

10,000 Steps a Day is an 8-week program for a reasonable price. It includes an optional pedometer, access to the web site for logging and coaching tips, printed materials including exercises and tips and a weekly newsletter.

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WalkingSpree

You can use WalkingSpree for an employee wellness program, from small companies to large corporations. You can use either their app to get steps from the mobile phone or link up a compatible Fitbit or Garmin pedometer. The app can be customized to your company.

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