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?