What I learned in 70,000 steps
Sunday, April 28, 2013
This week, my goal was to walk 10,000 steps every day for 7 days straight. Starting back in February, I hoped to reach 10,000 steps per day. I wore my Fitbit tracker religiously and watched my step counts daily. The problem was that owning a tracker and wearing it all the time (which are great ideas), do not magically get you to 10,000 steps each day.
I realized I was only getting to 10K once or twice a week. As I mentioned in my last blog post, my motivation had been suffering and I was starting to slip. I decided to make 10,000 daily steps my goal, and I learned a lot.
1. You have to make a plan
It's true about eating, but it's also true about fitness. I was making plans to go to the gym, and plans to do my C25K training. My job is sedentary and I was never going to get to 10,000 steps per day if I didn't make a plan. I set an hourly reminder for myself on Outlook (which I also have synced with my phone). From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (except for 6-7 when it is family and dinner time), my reminder goes off hourly and tells me to walk for at least 5 minutes. The reminder also includes how many steps I should have by that point if I'm going to make it to 10,000.
2. Sometimes you have to fake it to make it.
I didn't want to get up in the morning and go. I didn't want to take the farthest spot in the parking lot. I had been losing motivation lately. But somehow, I drug myself out there and did it anyway. Surprisingly, within about 3 days, my motivation started to return. I was eating better. I started to look forward to my walks more. It wasn't as hard to make the right choices. I started the week faking it, but by the end of the week I was making it.
3. Stopping work to get a little exercise actually makes me a better employee.
At first, I thought if I'm stopping work every hour to walk for a few minutes, am I taking too much time out of my workday? I found that after my short hourly walks, I would feel great, focused, and ready to tackle my workload. I have accomplished so much work this week -- my productivity is through the roof. It turns out that I'm not cheating my employer, I'm giving them even more!
4. If I can do it for a week, I can just keep on doing it.
I did it for 7 days straight. I don't have to stop, I can just keep on going!!
This has been a great week. I feel terrific and I'm going to continue.