Wednesday, April 24, 2013
When I started using a Pedometer, I knew there was a purpose apart from just counting steps. When I got the Fitbit, I became a totally different person. FitBit made me conscious of the fact that, despite my exercise level, I wa generally living a sedentary life. Whenever, I looked at my reports at the end of each day, I felt totally unsatisfied with my activity level.
At the beginning of April, I set new goal which included taking at least 10,000 steps daily. I found out that, to get those steps, I needed to do more than my regular physical activities. I started by standing instead of sitting at wok, then I incorporated walking in place. I added dancing, mostly in the evenings. The steps started adding up and I began to average 20,000 daily.
In my quest to understand the role of those added steps in my healthy living plan, I decided to read widely about it to acquire more knowledge that could help me reach my goal. I came across a book "Move a little, lose a lot". I started reading the book yesterday and the process of reading it, not the content, helped me reach a milestone in my step-taking activity. The author advices that one moves around rather than sit down to read the book. I found it amusing but decided to go ahead. I started pacing and reading. The book is so interesting that I got carried away. Well, after almost 5 hours of pacing, I checked my pedometer and I discovered that I was almost at 30K. Well, it was a pleasant surprise and I was motivated to put in more steps. At the end of the day, I made 40,176 steps today!!!!
Th book provides some very useful tips. I am still reading it and do recommend that everyone interested in healthy living read it too. I now realize that the non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) that I have consciously and unconsciously introduced into my life, have been major contributors to my weight loss success so far. To have taken over 40,000 steps a day is simply amazing. Not even in any of my 10k events have I taken close to those number of steps. The non-exercise activities such as walking/ marching in place and dancing are really good activities to incorporate into one's life.
One tip that I want to share from the book is MOVE YOUR BODY. Regular exercise is one thing but moving your body throughout the day is another. MOVE AND KEEP MOVING FOR LIFE!!!!!