Happy Friday I have a couple new workouts to share with you…but before we recap my week of workouts, I want to share something else with you guys.
On April 6th, I got my Fitbit (To see the post I wrote about why I love it, CLICK HERE). I charged it up and on April 7th I wore it around. I didn’t workout and I didn’t put any extra effort into getting steps. It was a Saturday I think so we were out running errands. I walked 5,800 steps. That night I decided that from then on I wanted to get 10,000 steps every day. Today is June 8th. That means that every day for the past 2 months, I’ve walked at least 10,000 steps! Pretty cool, right?
Here are the Fitbit charts from all but this past week:
When I was working, it was easy. I’d easily get 6,000-7,000 steps in a 3 hour shift. But there were days when I wasn’t working. When I had my treadmill laptop stand, it was easy. I could get 6,000 steps while checking my email and reading blogs in the morning. But currently my treadmill is broken
What I’m saying is, it hasn’t been easy every day. And some days I only clear 10,000 by about 10 steps….but it doesn’t matter. I’m still getting to 10,000. I’m making the extra effort to move more, be more active, walk when I’d rather nap…
I thought I’d share a few things that have helped me get my 10,000 steps each day.
Let’s break it down:
- Leave Early: When you have somewhere to go, and you have a little extra time, leave early. I would leave for class about 30 minutes earlier than I needed to and spend that extra time walking around campus to get some extra steps in. Prior to getting my fitbit I would have just sat on the couch, or in the classroom and waited for class to start.
- Walk Daily: If you have a dog, take them for a walk every day. If you have a spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend/child/friend/coworker- go for a walk with them! It doesn’t have to be long. Squeeze in a 15 minute walk here or there and it’ll get you about 2,000 steps. My dogs have had more walks in the past 2 months than they previously had in a whole year.
- Take the Stairs: It’s a no brainer, friends. Any time you find yourself getting ready to take the elevator or escalator, find the stairs and take them instead. Every step counts.
- Be Indirect: I almost never take a straight path to wherever I need to end up. Use a zigzag pattern to walk across a store, walk around the perimeter instead of straight up the middle, park on the opposite side of the parking lot from the department you need to go to, walk up and down those extra aisles in between where you are and where you need to go instead of just passing them by.
- Walk and Talk: If you’re on the phone, walk around. I understand this might not be possible at work, but if you’re at home talking to your mom, or at your kid’s soccer game talking to a friend, walk around. There’s no reason you need to sit still to talk on the phone.
- Set a Goal: There’s no way I would be walking 10,000 steps every day if I hadn’t made it a goal for myself. If 10,000 is too many steps for you at first, aim for 7,500. You need something to strive for each day or you probably won’t be motivated to get all those steps.
- Take a Lap, Not a Nap: Next time you feel like laying down for a nap, go for a quick walk instead. Tell yourself you’ll walk one mile and then if you’re still tired after that, you’ll lay down. I bet, a lot of the time, after you walk, your energy will be restored and you won’t need that quick nap. And if it’s not, then hey- at least you got some steps in before you rested!
- Set the Timer: If having to walk x number of miles each day seems daunting to you, break it down into blocks of time. Whenever you have a small chunk of free time, set a timer and walk. It doesn’t matter if it’s 5 min, 15 min or an hour. Walk around your house, walk up and down the stairs, walk outside…just set the timer and go! And don’t stop until it goes off. Repeat throughout the day.
- Develop a Routine: After trying to reach your goal steps for so many days in a row, you’ll find you develop some routines to help you get there. You learn when it’s easiest for you to fit in a walk. You learn which walking route to take depending on how many steps you need. You start doing everyday tasks a certain way in order to maximize the number of steps it takes you to do them. Then, on days when you’re really struggling…stick with what you know works to get you to that 10,000 mark.
- Have No Shame: There is no shame in heading to the basement at 11:45pm to pace around and run in place in order to get those last 500 steps in. There’s no shame in going to the bathroom every time you have the slightest urge to pee, even when you really could hold it, just to get some extra steps….No shame, friends. Do whatever it takes to get those steps!
So there you have it. I don’t set a lot of goals, but this is one that I actually like accomplishing each day!
Let’s review this past week, shall we?
Friday – Sunday: I pretty much took the weekend off. We had our college reunion and were gone for part of the weekend and to be honest, I was just tired. I didn’t want to work out. So I didn’t. Sunday night I did some planks and we played volleyball.
Monday: I did a new 100 workout that worked both my arms and legs. It was ROUGH. I was sore for 3 days…especially my legs. Holy Moly.
I used 12# dumbbells and a 10# med ball.
When Hubby came home, we headed out on a 12 mile bike ride. I stalked a heron, trying to get a good picture and we rode enjoyed the view at the dam.
Tuesday: I was so sore I could barely walk so I stuck to just abs and walking the dogs.
Wednesday: It was National Running Day. My legs were still sore but I forced myself outside to do the following:
The third 10 minutes of running was miserable. I didn’t think I was gonna make it. But I did it!! Also note how red my face it. When I run, my face gets RED. It doesn’t matter if it’s just for 5 minutes, or for the entirety of an hour long soccer game. My coaches used to bench me because they thought I was overheating…but no, my face just likes to get red
There you go! Some new workouts and tips for walking.
So tell me… Do you have a goal for daily steps? What’s your favorite way to sneak in some extra steps throughout the day?