I always wear my pedometer, & on days I work, I wind up walking 4 miles just to trains & then to work; but I do the same kinds of things you do at work in addition to working cash register. I put anywhere from 15-30K steps (most was 12.5 miles)--the highest because I did nothing that day but grab a rack from the back, hang up clothes, roll it back & get another--for 5 hours. I never count it as my exercise, but it sure is a bonus!
I would start wearing a pedometer - if nothing else, it's gratifying to be able to track how much you're walking.
Once you get used to the new routine I'd definitely try to add both some cardio and strength training but perhaps something that doesn't pound your feet and knees as much as being on the retail floor. Some yoga, stretching or Pilates might be good, too.
In the meantime, enjoy the opportunities to move about more and good luck with your new career!
Since this activity is new, you'll probably find that it does help with weight loss for the first month or so. But after that, your body quickly starts getting used to it and the additional activity becomes like a normal part of your day. At that point, you'll find that extra exercise is what you need to challenge your body and help keep the weight loss going.
Although I wouldn't count it as exercise unless it's keeping your heart rate up in the cardio zone for at least 10 minutes at a time, you might need to eat more to account for it. Here's an Ask the Expert that explains how to figure that out:
I just started a new job in a retail store. I'm not a cashier but I actually have a couple of different departments and spend my shift walking the floor, straightening items, light cleaning, constantly moving! Last night was my first night and I actually worked up a sweat while doing it! My question is, do I start wearing a pedometer and tracking my steps on here and does that count as exercise? My previous job was a secretary where I sat at a desk most of the day so this job is a huge change for me and I'm hoping it will help jump start some weight loss to!
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