Walk....sounds simple, right? You would think. However many of us spend way too much time at a desk and in our cars. Do you think you get plenty of exercise in your day? Here is an easy way to see where you are now and also to measure your improvement.
Pick up an expensive pedometer (you can get one at any drugstore) and track your steps. See how many steps you are currently taking on a regular day, and then make steps to increase. It is recommended that people get 10,000 steps a day, which is the equivalent to walking 5 miles. If you don’t have a regular exercise routine and your job doesn’t require you to walk much, you may be surprised at how few steps you take during a day.
When I first gave a pedometer a try, I was shocked to find that on an average day I would take only 2,000-3,000 steps a day. If you find that your daily activity leaves you lacking in steps, make small changes to add steps.
-Find a parking space farther away from your destination.
-Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
-If you have a choice in bathrooms, use the one that’s furthest away.
-Find times to take small walks; such as during your work break, during lunch, after dinner.
-Instead of meeting a friend for a drink, meet them for a walk.
-If you golf, skip the cart and walk the course.
-Do you have to drive everywhere? Are some things really in walking distance?
-Pace while you’re on the phone.
Because we tend to be competitive beings, you may find that just because you are wearing the pedometer, you easily make choices to walk more…because the steps are being tracked and your ego simply wants a better score. Find a friend, family member or co-work and make things interesting with a little friendly competition. Maybe the person who walks the least buys a cup of tea for the other?
These small changes will start to add up. But remember - if you are currently only getting 3,000 steps your goal for tomorrow isn’t 10,000!!! It’s something like 3,500. Making small incremental changes is the best way to create lasting change. Then you keep making more changes and more changes…slowly. Soon you will notice you feel better and one day you will be shocked to see that you are much closer/at/or over 10,000 steps.
There is nothing wrong with building your activity level baby-step after baby-step…it’s actually the most successful way to do it!!
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
Tracy Martorana is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Meditation Instructor and Herbalist...hoping to inspire you to live your life from a place of Holistic Wellness.