SO… along with cutting back on the booze, for my 28th b-day I also committed to wearing a pedometer everyday. In case you don’t know, a pedometer is a little device you can attach to your body and it counts the number of steps you take. I got the idea from my friend Megan who consistently wore her pedometer every single day of our vacation in Italy.
Basically I’m on one of these 10,000 step plans. Recent studies show that it takes 10,000 steps (equal to 5 miles) per day to manage your current weight. As many of you know, I’ve lost over 20 pounds in the last 2 years and I REFUSE to gain it back. So the 10,000 step plan is my new method of ensuring I don’t slowly pack back on the pounds.
First off, using the pedometer is cheap and simple. I bought mine at Academy Sports & Outdoors for about $20 and I simply clip it to my belt or bra strap every day. Altogether, I didn’t realize how sedentary I am every day. It’s cray cray! My daily step count was all over the place – literally. On an average day when I do not workout, I only walk about 3,000-4,00 steps. YIKES!
Getting my 10,000 steps in each day is still work in progress, but I’m constantly improving. Overall, I think this is legit so def try it for yourself! Here’s a little photo diary of my pedometer experience:
1st day with the pedometer, sitting at my desk all day and only at 4,693 steps at 8pm – not a good look
Feeling very eager and determined on day 2 – walked/jogged on the treadmill for 30 min and walked around my office multiple times for over 12,000 steps!
Lazy day working from home. Had to head to the gym to make up for a LOT of steps!
After teaching 1-hour Turbo Kick class +6,000 steps putting me well above 10,000 by 6:15pm – a good look
Morning run and Psycho Gym workout got me over 8,000 steps by lunch time. YAY!
Went for a Sunday afternoon stroll around my neighborhood to get my extra steps in. Mission accomplished!
Here are a few ways that I incorporated more steps into my day to make may daily 10,000 step quota:
- Park in the parking spot furthest away form the door to my work building
- Get up and walk around my office every couple of hours
- Walk on the treadmill or around my neighborhood to make up for missed steps
- Stand at my desk, and sway side to side instead of sitting (awkward I know, but it works)
How do you get your steps in? Please do share!