So there’s my disclosure – I’ve been at this for 5 days. I have no knowledge upon which to base this post other than my observations.
First things first. We’re doing a steps challenge at work. Those who chose to participate were given a pedometer, asked to set a daily step goal, and sent on our merry little way. My goal? 10,000 steps per day.
I had no idea what I’d signed up for. And I clearly didn’t research beforehand! What I’m learning is that getting to 10,000 steps per day is a LOT of work!
Well, if nothing else, this will create quite the good walking habit! Here’s how far I’ve been and what it’s taken for me to get there …
- Day 1: 14,551 steps (un-timed walk at the park; following toddler around the yard)
- Day 2: 11,955 steps (45 minutes on treadmill)
- Day 3: 17,793 steps (30 minutes of Wii Fit Free Step, 45 minutes on treadmill, 25 minute walk at the park)
- Day 4: 11,665 steps (35 minutes on treadmill, 30 minutes of Wii Fit Free Step)
- Day 5: steps unknown (On treadmill now, as I type!)
That’s a whole mess of cardio for 10k steps. Just sayin’.
So perhaps some things I’m doing that just might help you get up and go, too?
- Walk to get things individually. I’d make a loop from the printer, to the water cooler, back to my desk. No more. Now it’s broken up into 2 trips. Same at home. I don’t count on my husband to bring the rest of the dinner ingredients up to the grill, I go get them myself.
- Daughter needs a diaper change? Gladly making the trip back down to the house.
- The walk to the mailbox? I take the long way.
- I’m parking far, far away in the parking lot. Love this one.
- I’ve been doing laps in the yard as my daughter plays in her sand pit. I can still watch her and be active at the same time!
- Instead of shouting a question/answer to my husband from across the house, I walk to him.
- Instead of checking my mailbox as I walk in the office each day, I make a separate trip.
- Obviously … cardio, cardio, cardio.
Have you tried this? Any tips or good ideas to get more steps in?