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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.
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  • DARLY55
    That's a great way to get your steps ! It's about being mindfully active throughout the day! emoticon
    1751 days ago
    Wow - great for you. I love your tips. I've been looking at the fitbit (but I've sort of been waiting for the cool-colored wristbands to come out). I would also like to get a new samsung phone (up for contract renewal this May) to sync. I, too, have a sedentary office job (although I do climb the steps a bunch) & it would be a good reminder to get up and move...
    1751 days ago
    Great job! I have a fitbit too and somedays it's hard to make my steps but I'm getting closer all the time. Love the 5 min hourly idea.
    1753 days ago
    Good for you! emoticon

    That's a great idea, setting up a tracker to remind you....I'd never have thought of that, but I may try it!
    1756 days ago


    Thanks so much for sharing, great motivator.

    1757 days ago
    That is SO AWESOME!!!! and you are RIGHT ON about having a plan... and your plan is SO fantastic!! I'd love to see your breakdown of "step goals" by hour if you get a chance.. way to make the gadgets work FOR you instead of getting distracted.. Fabulous fabulous fabulous!!!

    1757 days ago
    I'd probably learn that I needed new shoes.

    Great job! emoticon
    1757 days ago
    I'm so proud of you! I'm so happy that your hourly reminder system is working for you and that faking it turned into actually making it! What an inspiration you are! This is what I love about Spark. Reading something like this just makes me more excited about what I'm doing. I'm loving my Fitbit and feel like it makes all the difference for me as far as exercise. I'm so happy to hear that you're going to keep this up! It's like a snowball effect....first you get the steps, then you start eating better, and then you see the results on the scale, and then you just want to do it even more!

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    1757 days ago
  • ELLES26
    Great job! keep it up!
    1757 days ago
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