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Every step counts.

Friday, April 13, 2012

I've read some things that say you need to get up and do some "real" exercise to make the weight come off. Now, in part it's true, the more intense a workout, the more calories you burn. This puts into mind, "well if I can't do some 'real' exercise, why bother?"

That can be a problem. I know I can't always get out to go to the gym or take a brisk walk in the park. Sometimes I just don't want to put in one of my video games that would get me moving well. Some days I simply don't have the time for a calorie burning workout. Some days I get my steps in while shopping, that also includes squats (reaching for the bottom shelf) and heel lifts (reaching for the top shelf). Simply leaving my apartment includes 2 full sets of stairs (18 stairs per floor). I take my steps where I can get them (with a tracker to see how far I go in a day).

It takes just one step to start a mile. Nearly everyone can walk a mile over the course of the day. Sometimes it's just walking from the bedroom to the kitchen to start out. Not everyone can physically run that mile, or even walk to the kitchen. It's all about trying, take the steps you can for the day, wherever you can. Instead of taking the elevator or escalator, take the stairs. Park at the lot that's a block farther away from work. Only have a couple of blocks to go to the store? Leave the car at home, walk there. Park closer to the back of the lot when you go to the store, it'll get extra steps in your day. I prefer to park near cart corrals so my car is less likely to be dinged, they are rarely near the front of the lot.

It takes going your farthest the first day, then trying to go a foot farther the next. We all have to start somewhere and it's only ourselves that we're competing against. We know what we can do and it just takes going a little farther every day. Before you know it you'll be walking for miles every day. Soon afterward you'll be running with pleasure!

Every step burns calories. Every step gets you one step closer to your goals. Every step moves you to find something else in which you can succeed. Every step brings you closer to your goal. There are many places to get your steps.

It only took one step to leave a footprint on the moon, where will you be leaving your footprints?
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FLEURGARDEN 4/14/2012 11:21AM

    How true! Something is always better than nothing, and I believe those people who struggle to walk even a short distance are the ones to see the greatest improvement as they get stronger and can walk farther.

I really hate the "experts" who think you need to walk fast, or run, for an hour for it to be worth your while. I walk slower than a lot of the "fit" people at the gym, but I'm thrilled with the progress I have made with regards to speed and endurance in just a few short months. We all need to listen to our own bodies and focus on our own achievements and we'll all get there someday.

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MISSG180 4/13/2012 5:53PM

    This is a great blog entry. I am always sad when I see someone who has given up on working out because they've read that it's useless unless it's a certain intensity for at least half an hour. If you can't do that much, doing something is of course helpful!

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