ONLY 3,000 STEPS FOR THE DAY? HOW? WHAT???
There must be a mistake...right?
If this sounds familiar...you’re not alone. Scores of people are realizing they don’t move nearly as much as they thought. I know we might get upset by this, but think of it as a good thing. We have gained information about how active we are throughout our day, and from here we can make a plan to move more.
There is no “official” daily recommended number of steps. However most step trackers start us off at a 10,000 daily step goal. For some folks it’s rather easy to achieve, and for others it seems flat out impossible.
If you're looking to increase your steps...Here are some EASY ways to gain more steps throughout your day.
1. Park your car farther away from your destination
No, you don’t have to park a mile away from the grocery store, but strive to park away from the spots closest to the entrance (heck, it’s always a mess to get those spots anyway!). I know, you’ve heard this before, but it’s the “no brainers” that really tend to work.
2. Take the stairs
If you have access to an elevator at work, or perhaps in your apartment building, etc., take the stairs. Sure an elevator ride is quick and easy, but do you really want to get stuck in an elevator? Well, do you?
That’s what I thought. Climb those stairs!
3. Go for a Nice Walk
This one doesn't need much explanation. Go outside and walk. The fall weather is here. Bundle up and enjoy the crisp fall air. Enjoy the lovely foliage...and increase those steps!
4. Stand up and Move Every 30 Minutes to 1 Hour
If your job forces you to sit all day make a plan to move every 30 minutes to 1 hour. Get up and grab some water. Make an excuse to use the copier, walk over and chat with a co-worker about the project you are working on. Sitting for prolonged periods of time is wreaking havoc on our bodies. Leading to rounded posture, tight hips and tight low backs...Get up and move. You will be doing your body a huge favor. And of course you will be increasing those steps!
This applies to television (or any screen time that has us sitting on our butts) as well. You can even march in place while watching TV *wink* *wink*
Increase your movement. Increase your steps.
BONUS:. Get outside and play “Pokemon Go”
This is a sure fire way to add steps to your day. Not sure what it is, or how to play? It’s easy.
-Download the free “Pokemon Go” app on your phone
-Walk around your neighborhood and catch pokemon
Pretty simple, right? This is a fun way to get moving and to perhaps explore your city/town on foot. Don’t worry about looking silly because there are already a ton of people (like me!) out there playing.
SUPER BONUS: Train with Me
Not only will we help to increase your steps, but we will help to improve your cardio vascular strength and muscle and bone strength.
Changing our lifestyle is not easy, but it is necessary to promote the change we seek. If we keep doing the same thing day in and day out expecting change we are only going to set ourselves up for disappointment. I know these tips aren’t anything groundbreaking, but that’s the thing. It really is the simple stuff that works. Want more steps? Move more, but don’t make it complicated. You will see those steps adding up from all the extra activity. Will it get you to the 10,000 step goal that the pedometers recommend? Maybe. It all depends on you.
Remember: your fitbit (or any other pedometer) is a tool. It’s simply there to give us a reflection of our activity. It’s still up to us to take action.
Get up and move.
Until next time!