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Subject: Re: Walk Like the Amish
From: kitrin1970
Date: Sat, 15 May 2004 22:00:07 -0000
I got one of those mcdonalds pedometers the other day 
those salads are actually quite filling when you drink all the water 
and have a peice of fruit with it.

Anyhow i wore the pedometer to work and set if the minute i cahsed in 
and checked it at the time we cashed out. I took 8416 steps.
That is not steady walking so it does not have the exercise quality 
to it.. but if i could add just 4000 steps of steady walking to that 
a day i would be doing good!

--- In , Reinhard Engels 
<beautiful_idiot@y...> wrote:
> In a nutshell:
> As part of a recent study, 96 members of an old order 
> Amish community in Ontario were given pedometers to
> measure how much they walked. The men averaged about
> 18,000 steps a day, the women 14,000. Their obesity
> rate was just 4% (2 individuals).
> By contrast, even Americans who are dedicated walkers
> have trouble exceeding 10,000 steps a day. The average
> American manages a mere 2,000 to 5,000. The United
> States has an obesity rate of over 30%.
> http://walking.about.com/cs/measure/a/amish010704.htm
> http://www.harvard-magazine.com/on-line/050465.html
> Obviously, walking is just one factor. These Amish
> spend hours a day tossing around bales of hay, etc.
> But they also really pack it away at meals. I think
> this astonishing disparity in walking has got to be
> significant. It is also, unlike the bales of hay, more
> easily replicable for us "English."
> I'm cross posting this to the urbanranger group
> (because it's more relevant) and to the nosdiet group
> (because it's still relevant and I actually want
> someone to read it). My apologies (and gratitude) to
> the few who are members of both.
> I think I'm going to invest in a pedometer, just to
> see how this urban ranger is currently doing...
> Oh, and for those who are concerned, "use of the
> pedometers and scales did not violate Amish traditions
> because they were borrowed." (Harvard article)
> Reinhard

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