Everyone has a fitness tracker now, right? Ok, maybe not everyone, but it seems like more and more people are making that investment. To me, it’s an investment well made in your health. (If you don’t want to spend the money on a tracker, what about a pedometer?)
Glen and I both just upgraded to the Fitbit Charge HR (we used to have the Flex). I must say, that I love mine! I don’t even use the heart rate monitor on it, but by making that upgrade, you get a watch like closure. I love that instead of having to sync on my phone or getting a ballpark step count when I double tap, I can get an exact step count right on my wrist. That’s in addition to the date and time, heart rate (duh), mileage, calories burned, and stairs climbed (yea!). I think you can also set it up to display incoming phone calls and text message, but I don’t have mine set up to do it.
The Fitbit devices set a default daily step goal for you of 10,000 steps a day. That is absolutely achievable for some people (a lot of my friends are consistently at or above this mark). For someone like me, who is active, but sits at a desk eight hours a day, not so much.
So what is achievable? You have to decide that for yourself. For me, a reasonable, but still challenging level is 50,000 steps. I have my step goal set at 7,200 daily, which would get me at just over the target number. Do I hit that every day? No. At least not yet. But I am going to keep working to make that happen more days than not.
How do I reach my goal? Walk, dummy! Just kidding! It’s important to get your steps in when you can and plan ahead.
Every day I am at work and my workload allows I climb up and down the stairs of my office building 4 times. No elevator for me! I work on the top floor of a 7 story building. That gets me steps and counts towards my stair climbs. It also gets me very out of breath and a little embarrassed when someone tries to carry on a conversation during or right after this fete. You would think it would get easier with time. You would be wrong.
Two days a week during my lunch break, I take a 30 minute walk. Glen works right down the street and joins me when he can. If it’s too hot, too rainy, too cold, too whatever, we’ll take the short drive over to Sugarloaf Mills and do a couple of laps. I love being able to do it outside though and enjoy some fresh air!
Three days a week, we try to hit the gym or the life path (golf cart/pedestrian paths by our house) for a walk or a run. These two things get me 5 days out of 7 (in case you didn’t know how many days are in a week) at my goal, and usually much higher.
Life makes up the rest to get me to my goal. Grocery shopping, doing stuff around the house, walking to the copier or break room at work. They all add up!
Now it’s your turn to share what you do to get moving and hit your step goal!