LAKE FOREST, Ill. — To help Americans walk more, Omron Healthcare and Bob Greene, Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer and author of the book "20 Years Younger," on Friday teamed to create four new videos to encourage Americans to put a spring in their step and start tracking their progress daily.
"Exercise doesn't have to require a huge time commitment and can actually fit into your daily routine — all it takes is adding a few extra steps throughout the day," Greene said. "It's very helpful to have a simple tool to keep you accountable as you work toward your fitness goals, which is why I recommend having an Omron pedometer as a partner to help motivate you and remind you to make every step count."
"Many people don't realize how close they are to achieving the 10,000-step daily goal," stated Ranndy Kellogg, Omron VP marketing and product development. "Omron pedometers provide the extra motivation and are accurate, easy to use and cater to anyone's needs."
Greene suggested working up to the goal of 10,000 steps per day by walking for 30 to 60 minutes straight, or even in 10-minute increments over the course of the day. Research shows that using a pedometer can increase physical activity by about 2,000 steps — or an extra mile — each day.
The motivational videos can be found at the Omron Facebook page at Facebook.com/OmronFitness. On the company's Facebook page, Omron also is sponsoring the "Make Every Step Count Sweepstakes" between March 5 and April 2 for a chance to win a four-day, three-night stay for two at Canyon Ranch Spa in Tucson, Ariz. Weekly prizes include gift cards, Omron products and autographed Bob Greene books.