The whole point of this project is to get people involved - just a little bit of physcial activity is a good thing, and this program is easily acessible to nearly everyone. By using Google Earth, you can easily find a good place to walk close to where you work or live, and find out the exact distance you'll be walking. You can also share this information with others and hopefully get them to make a healthy choice!
Our final project in the class was to get someone to walk one of our paths with us, and as that didn't work out I've decided to instead share this with everyone here. We (my group) tried to get the University of Lousville to use our finished walking path as an orientation walk, but with no luck.
In this instructable I'll explain 1,000 Steps and how to create your own walking paths using Google Earth.
The offical website is here: http://louisville.edu/~dnpate01/index.html
Also, the opening photo is from Brad Alsop's site, http://www.run131.com/ . I highly recommend visiting and reading about him and his mission. My class got to meet him and he is truly an amazing athlete!
Step 1: Why 1,000 Steps?
When most people think of activity, they think of going to the gym three days a week or running a mile before they go to work - they don't realize that they can work up to things like that. Fitness is not something that can be achieved instantly - you must work toward it!
The 1,000 Steps program is a simple way to introduce people to physical activity. They can start at the level they feel comfortable with, and they can modify the paths to fit their time limits. You can start at 1,000 extra steps a day and quickly work your way up!
Main points of the 1,000 Steps Program
- easy to do, even with time constraints
- modifiable to fit your fitness level
- a good introduction to physcial activity
- can be done with friends and family
- requires no extra equipment
- suitable for the eldery and overweight - walking is not as strenuous as you might think, and you can certainly slow down your pace and still reap the benefits!