In our grandparents’ day, it was common for each person to walk a lot each day as they carried out their daily activities. Today we have become quite sedentary and spend a lot more time sitting and standing and much less time moving. We therefore need to make a conscious effort to keep moving. The average person now only takes 2,000 steps per day. For the sake of our health, we should be taking 10,000 to 20,000 steps per day. A pedometer is an inexpensive tool that lets us track how active we are. It clips onto your belt, pant or skirt top. Wear it all day and you will know how many steps you are taking. Set a goal to add 500 steps a day. When you have achieved that on a regular basis, up your goal number of steps per day by another 500 steps. Keep going in this fashion until you reach the optimum level of at least 10,000 steps per day. You can do this simply by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from work and walking that much further back to your car, walking around the block one more time, etc.