Counting my steps helps me hold myself accountable for being active. I love my Fitbit but before I had one, I was using a cheap pedometer from Walmart to count my steps and it worked great! (I loved this one but they have even cheaper ones too!) No matter what device you choose, I encourage you to give counting your steps and keeping track a try for a few weeks. It’s fun and beneficial!
My goal is 10,000 steps/day. On super active days or days with long runs I have hit up to 35,000 steps in one day. Most days though, I average right around 10,000. That usually means I went for a run before work or Colin and I got a walk in before/after dinner.
3 Things I’ve Learned From Counting My Steps:
- On inactive days, I really had no idea just how inactive I really was.
- It does not take a lot to hit 10,000 steps/day but it does require you to move. Going to the grocery store or wandering Target usually won’t help you hit 10,000 if you spent the rest of your day sitting at your desk. Go for a walk!
- It can be really fun! Challenge yourself to beat your own records or start a competition with some friends/workplace buddies!
8 Tips To Get More Pep In Your Step & Steps In Your Day:
- I try to drink a lot of water at work, so I have an excuse to walk to the water fountain more often. (Double whammy! More steps & more water!)
- Park in the way back of parking lots. (Not only do you get more steps, but you also lessen the possibility of a door-ding!)
- Even a leisurely walk helps! Take a walk after dinner.
- Use your lunch hour to get some steps in, if possible. Especially this time of year when you don’t have to worry about slipping on the ice!
- Walk down the hall instead of sending an email or picking up the phone if you need to talk to someone.
- Moving can be social! Suggest a walk instead of out-to-lunch or out-to-dinner with friends.
- Consider your typical errands. Can you walk to any of them? Post-office? Grocery store? Convenience store? Drop off movies? Library?
- Catching up with a long-distance friend on the phone? Walk while you talk!
Do you count your steps? How do you get more steps in your days?