In accordance with my goals for 2012, my wife and I have been walking on a daily basis, aiming for 10,000 steps every day of 2012 (and beyond). To help keep us motivated and to track our progress, I created a lovely young Pedometer Log in Google Docs.
Here's how it looks with some sample data. The summary page is displayed, but you can click the tabs below to view the log pages and instructions.
Walking 10,000 steps in a day takes some effort. I'd say most people don't breach 3,000-5,000 steps in a day -- perhaps less if they have a sedentary job/lifestyle. But hey, I'm not here to preach (this time). The idea is: you get 10,000 steps a day (which usually involves at least 30 minutes of "aerobic" walking), you maintain a healthy heart and (with a good diet) can better manage your weight. People have written books about it.
"How Do I Get Started?", you ask...
Step 1: Get a Pedometer. I recommend the Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer. It is highly rated by Consumer Reports and is the most popular and highest rated pedometer on Amazon.com. It is the pedometer that my wife and I use and have given as gifts to many of our friends and family. The included battery lasts about 6 months, but you may want to pick up some extras so you have them on hand (you are going to do this for the rest of your life, after all, right?).
Step 2: Grab the Pedometer Log Template. You can grab the Pedometer Log as a Google Docs Template. Simply click the the "Use this template" button below, and follow the instructions on the first page. (Be sure to rate it, and tell your friends, of course.) It is designed to accompany the above pedometer, but any should do.
Step 3: Start Walking! This is the easy part: Walk. If you can't do 10,000 steps starting out, shoot for something attainable. Then next week, push the limit out a bit, and the next, push it further, etc., etc. until you can earn 10,000+ every day. You don't have to get them all at once, 1000 here, 1500 there -- they add up. Log your steps and track your progress. It really does help to see where you stand, and how far you've come.
I hope this Google Docs Pedometer Log Template is helpful for you. I wish you the best of luck with your fitness walking and hope it helps you to maintain a happy, healthy life!