Tuesday, October 29, 2013
If you are considering getting a SPARK activity tracker (or any activity tracker) DO IT. DO IT. DO IT. Yes, I was going for peer pressure there, but trust me, this is the healthiest peer pressure around.
If you look hard enough, you can ALWAYS find ways to be more active in your daily life. 30,000 steps are hiding somewhere in your day, too.
Today I walked the most I have ever walked since I started tracking my steps almost a year ago. This is great and all, but the most significant thing about this to me is that it was so NORMAL.
I walked 30,000 steps on an average Tuesday. I didn't go to the gym. I worked both my jobs. Yet the activity tracker has made getting physical activity in my daily life so effective that I walkedm30,000 steps.
So, what did it look like? To be fair, my daytime job (7am-3pm) is very slow paced. I often have down time. Not everybody has this luxury, but I bet you can incorporate SOME more walking into your day.
I arrived at work at 7 and immediately began walking in circles while I responded to emails, checked for updates, made phone calls, and did my morning computer work on my iPad. By 9:15, I had walked 10,000 steps. My motto is 10,000 steps by 10:00. Yes, I look a little silly while I walk around the office. Thankfully there is nobody to be bothered by this. I just pace back and forth and in circles.
I had to do some typing intensive work, so I sat down and did it while I ate a snack.
I read a lengthy thing for work while I walked. At this point, I finished the main things I had to get down that day. I walked around while doing stuff on my ipad some more. At 11:45, I had walked 15,000 steps. I ate lunch, then walked 5000 steps as part of my "lunch break." I don't get a formal break, but if it is slow (which it always is) I take one. This took an hour. I did some work that had come in, and then walked the last 30 minutes of work, leaving with 23,000 steps.
Today was slower than usual. I usually only get in 15,000 steps while I am at work... 10,000 while I do my morning work, and 5000 during lunch
I went to my second job, nannying. I picked up the boys (3 and 6) from school, and drove to their house. I walked in circles around the yard as they played outside. I asked them questions and talked to them as I walked around. We went inside to color. I walked in circles around the dining room table as they colored. I interacted with them the entire time. They sat down at 5:00 to watch a show while I made dinner. I walked around the house reading a magazine while dinner cooked. At 5:30, I gave them dinner and walked around the dining room table while they ate.
I got home at 6:30, and realized I had taken 29,000 steps! I walked around my block before going inside, getting 30,000 steps. :-)
If I hadn't had the activity tracker, I never would have walked while I talked on the phone or checked my email at work. I never would have walked while I was watching the kids play in the yard.
Moral of the story: it is possible to have a very active lifestyle, even outside of working out... You just have to be creative in finding it.