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As I get older I’m trying to make better choices in regards to my health, because I’m sure not getting any younger! One of the main goals that I have set for myself is to become more active. In order to do that I added a Fitbit Charge to my daily routine a few months ago. I have loved my Fitbit so much and I was super excited to see the new Fitbit models available this spring. I’ll share more about those later in this post.
Ten Thousand steps is the golden number that many fitness experts recommend for most adults. So, based on that number I set a goal for myself to walk 10,000 steps each day. For someone who works in a very sedentary job, it is often difficult to reach my goal of 10,000 steps. There are some days that I can easily reach 10,000 steps but other days I will be lucky to reach 3,000 steps by the end of my work day.
In order to reach my goal I have to get creative in finding ways to increase my step count. I figure if I have trouble meeting my daily goals many of you may have the same problem so I wanted to share with you 20 ways to walk 10,000 steps each day.
20 Ways to Reach 10,000 Steps
1. Set smaller goals for yourself–10,000 steps is a big goal if you are just starting out on your fitness journey. You’ve heard the saying “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time?”. Set smaller goals such as a goal to reach by lunch time, another goal to reach by the end of your workday and another goal to reach by bedtime. One of the features of the new Fitbit Alta is that the tracker will alert you when you’ve been inactive for to long. Sometimes at work I will be “in the zone” and the next thing I know 3 hours have went by and I haven’t moved away from my desk. By alerting me when I’ve been inactive for a certain time period I am able to step away and take a quick walk through the hallways at the hospital where I work.
2. Walk in place–While you are folding laundry or watching TV. You’d be amazed at how many steps you can get in by walking in place during your normal everyday activities. When I’m standing at the sink washing dishes I will often walk in place. You might look crazy but at least you are moving!
3. Park farther away from the building–If you are going shopping don’t try to get those coveted parking spots close the store. Park farther away and get a few extra steps in.
4. Find the restroom farthest from your office or desk–In the hospital where I work I have found the restroom farthest from my office. It also happens to be three floors up from my office. Making a couple trips a day to this restroom and taking the stairs, helps me get several more steps in each day.
5. Clean your house—You’d be amazed at how many steps you can get by cleaning your house. The days that I have the highest step counts are days when I’ve been doing some serious house cleaning.
6. Ditch the remote–Remember back in the day when our television didn’t have a remote and you had to get up and walk across the room to change the channel?
8. Play tag with your kids–take the time to play with your children and add several more steps to your day.
9. Take a walking lunch—Take 10-15 minutes from your lunch break to take a walk. I don’t know about you but it doesn’t take long to eat a sandwich or whatever leftovers I’ve packed for lunch. Rather than spend the rest of your lunch sitting on your rump and scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed, get up and get moving!
10. Walk and Listen–download some audio books or listen to book through programs such as Audible. Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks
11. Grocery Shopping–Before doing your grocery shopping, walk the perimeter of the store a couple of times.
12. Avoid the drive thru–park the car and walk in to the pharmacy, bank, and restaurant.
14. Return the cart–Push your grocery cart all the way back to the store, not just to the cart return.
15. Take a hike. No need to explain. Lace up your shoes and “take a hike” whether that’s on a busy city sidewalk or a meandering trail through the wilderness.
16. Walk the dog. If you don’t have a dog just take yourself on a walk, or offer to walk your neighbor’s dog. A 20 minute walk will add about 2,000 steps to your daily total.
17. Bring in your grocery bags one at a time–If you’re like most people you try to carry in 20 bags of groceries just so that you don’t have to make an extra trip. Don’t try to get all of the bags at one time. Grab a couple of bags, make a trip inside, go back out and grab a couple more bags and repeat the process.
18. Make a great playlist–A great playlist will motivate you to get moving. You can also stream music thru Amazon’s Prime Music. Join Amazon Prime Music – The Only Music Streaming Service with Free 2-day Shipping – 30-day Free Trial
20. Dance the day away–crank up the music and dance around your house or have a family dance party. Grab the kids and your significant other and dance the night away!
I promised I would tell you about the new Fitbit Alta. I was so excited when I saw the new Fitbit, and even more excited when I checked my email today to learn that my new Fitbit Alta has been shipped! There are several features of the new model that were not available on the Charge, that I am currently using.
One of the things that I did not like about the Fitbit Charge is that accessory bands were not available like they were for the Fitbit Flex. With the new Fitbit Alta there are several accessory bands available including leather and metal ones. So dress up your Fitbit with some gorgeous new bands. Another benefit of the Fitbit Alta is the reminders to move. I had another activity tracker before purchasing my Fitbit Charge and it would vibrate when I was inactive for 30 minutes or longer. I missed that option when I purchased the Charge so I was glad to see that Fitbit added that option to the new model. I also like the call, text and calendar alert feature! The Fitbit Alta just started shipping recently. You can order your Fitbit Alta for $129.95, that’s a lower price than the Charge and Charge HR!
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