Written by Robert Mac
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Manpo-kei is Japanese for "10,000 steps meter," the small step counters that American scientists used to research fitness levels during the mid 1990s. Today, people of all walks of life are strapping on their manpo-kei to monitor their steps. Fitness specialists are now recommending that people walk 10,000 steps a day, and pedometers are a simple way to keep track of your daily totals.

Once again, Americans are learning that the simple things in life, like unrefined foods and walking programs, are the most healthful. Walking (according to the Greek physician Hippocrates) is man's best medicine, and many current fitness experts agree. There are many pedometers that you can strap on your belt or put in your pocket to make sure you're reaching your 10,000 daily steps.

Read the Book Manpo-kei before You Walk

Manpo-kei, The Art and Science of Step Counting is a short book by Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke that encourages people to incorporate walking in their daily lives. Our bodies were designed to be active, but automobiles have let us become soft. This book emphasizes the preventative benefits of walking, as well as the power of manpo-kei, or step counters: they are simple tools that motivate us to walk even more.

It's not too late to regain a more active lifestyle, and you don't have to run a marathon every day to do it. A basic walking program is the best way to start--it's the safest and easiest exercise, and with a manpo-kei by your side, it's easy to chart your progress. Gradually build from your current fitness level, and before you know it, you'll be up to 10,000 steps a day.

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