The second habit I am starting is about movement. I will walk 10,000 steps on average per day, I actually have to admit this habit I did start the week after Christmas. I dusted off my Fitbit and started wearing it again. The Fitbit is similar to a pedometer in that it tracks how many steps you take, but it tracks everything wirelessly and even tracks elevation and sleep patterns.
The goal of 10,000 steps means that you will walk at least 5 miles that day.
I’ve discovered by making 10,000 steps most days that it takes about one 20-30 minute walk and being relatively active during the day. On my work days at Google when I am sitting and meeting with clients most the day, I sometimes will only clock 3,000 steps by the end of the workday. In this case, I’d need to head to the hills for a nice 45 minute hike to make up for the extra sitting.
Here are some strategies to make sure you don’t end up at 3,000 steps at 5pm or can make up for them by the end of the day.
- Park a little further away at work
- Take the stairs whenever you can
- Walk to lunch if you have options close by, if your at Google take a walk over to a neighboring buildings café (at last count Google has over 27 cafes in the Mountain view campus)
- Take a walk at work (I like to take a walk after lunch to help keep blood sugars in check)
- Take an afternoon walk for 10 minutes especially when you get the urge for something sweet, see how you feel after your walk if you are still craving that treat.
- Be active around the house clean up a little, wash some laundry, organize something (you’ll get 2 benefits out of this movement and a cleaner house)
- Take your dog for a walk or take a simple walk around the block and wave to your neighbors
- Turn on some music and dance a little (honestly I’ve done this many times in the evening for 15 minutes or so when I ‘m pretty close to my goal but not quite there yet)
Get out there and move more!