Pedometer Walking 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 toward that goal. With the programs listed, a pedometer walking program brochure, step log, and online forum is usually included and encouraged. Some are suitable for corporate wellness programs or a school challenges.

Fitness monitors such as Fitbit have goals, trophies, badges, and friendly competitions built into their online dashboard or mobile app. But maybe you have an old-school pedometer that isn't connected to Wi-Fi, or perhaps you wish to compete with others who don't have the same brand of fitness tracker as you do.

For optimal health, you should aim for at least 6,000 steps a day, and for weight loss, up to 10,000 steps a day. Pedometer walking programs can also reduce sitting time.

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Webwalking USA Virtual Walking Log Program

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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 can print out logs to record your stats. This is a free way to create your own virtual walk. You could also 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 starter kits including the WOW Elementary Program, Get-You-Started, and Lewis & Clark. Choose from programs geared to elementary and secondary schools or teens and adults. The CHALLENGE charts let you do a virtual walk across various geographic regions such as Hawaii and the American West.

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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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Virgin Pulse Global Challenge

The Virgin Pulse Global Challenge is a 100-day workplace wellness challenge that has engaged millions of 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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10K-A-Day

10K-A-Day is another corporate wellness campaign offering programs with 6-, 8-, and 12-week durations. Participants are motivated to walk more as they visit international cities like Paris, Tokyo, Auckland, and New Orleans, and are given access to team-building social features like "Sole Mates." 10K-A-Day integrates with over 60 mobile fitness apps trackers including Apple Health and Fitbit.

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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 Apple, Fitbit, Samsung, or Garmin pedometer. The app can be customized to your company.

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