When I work I can get in anywhere from 11,000 steps to 28,000 in 8 hours and on my days off I don't do anything but walk or ride my stationary bike so I do get in a minimal of 10,000 a day except this week because I have been ill. Doing better today so I did get in 8,000 so far.
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To be honest, the days that I work, I don't work out at all. I walk over 12k steps a day at my job. On those days, I'mn lucky to get home and get my legs propped up to relieve the pain. To make up for my lack of exercise, I am committing to working out for at least an hour on my days off. I always have the time for it, so I'm just going to do it. I am adding Interval training to possibly shock my system into losing more weight. I'm hoping that switching things up will be the nudge my body needs.
Me too! I work 12 hour shifts in an ER! After running around like a crazy woman I just want to put my feet up and recover for the next go round, so if you get any motivating suggestions...I am also interested! I'm wishing us luck!
I work 12 hour shifts. I don't find it at all difficult to fit my steps in, though, especially with being on my feet all day. Most days I end up hitting 15k or more. I'm mostly sedentary on my days off, though, so that's when I try to get in my actual workouts.
I'm on my feet all day also and usually average about 1000 steps per hour. I walk up and down halls and even have computers at standing height so I don't "have to" sit down. This means a 10 hour day would just about get my steps in and I don't have far to walk to get steps in. Stop and go walking is not exercise, so I still do some form of exercise when I get home to keep my heart healthy.
It is true that you can convert other exercise into steps. It all counts. My son swims and gets a ton of credit for his swimming.
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I work 50 hours per week but have no choice but to get walking in for my health. My doctor wants me to get up every 20 min and walk for my circulation. At home easy, work, etc.. not so easy at all. I also stand on concrete all day long so yes it can be hard to get my steps in at night. But I usually just step in place watching TV. If like this week, I have had work party, church program, etc.. besides work I will make up for my steps on my day off today. But I will get my avg for the week in.. :-) Hope this helps some.
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Sedentary...............less than 5,000 steps/day Low Active..............5,000-7,499 steps/day Somewhat Active....7,500-9,999 steps/day Active.............10,000-12,500 steps/day Highly Active...... ...12,501+ steps/day Old Order Amish women with very low, 4% obesity: ..........14,000+ steps/day
I work about 10 hours, from 7:30am to 5:30pm. I'm on my feet all day, and wear my pedometer every day. Is your job at a desk? Or are you able to get up and walk around?
Some things I do to get extra steps: - walk around/go up and down the stairs for 15 minutes before work each morning - take a 10 minute walk on my lunch break - pack my workout bag in the car so I can go straight from work to the gym. If I go home first, I am less likely to go back out to the gym later.
I hope those ideas help!
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Make sure you wear a good pedometer at work - you might already be getting your steps in! You can also 'count steps' with other exercises such as stationary bike or elliptical. I credit myself 1000 steps for every 10 minutes on the stationary bike since it's approx the equivalent. When I use the elliptical, it counts the steps for me so I just add it to the rest.
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Sorry, I work a part time job but often find it hard as well to get steps in during the day. I do get up 60 minutes early and am usually able to get in 4000 to 8000 steps depending on how fast I walk or how many times I've hit the snooze button. Sometimes I'm 10 + minutes early for work so I'll pace the hallway for 5 or more minutes (that's about another 500 steps). I'm looking for some kind of an alarm system (something a bit quieter than what I've found so far) that I could snooze when I don't have time to move away from my desk. I figure even a short 30-90 second walk every 30 minutes will help to add to daily total. On breaks from my desk, I water plants, check inventory (& I do inventory across different areas of the office - granted, it's not efficient but it's healthier for me), I'll try to pace while I'm on the phone as long as no one is in the waiting room, & other times, I'll walk around the office dusting with a swiffer (this keeps me on the move without having to catch the fuzz balls). If it bugs the boss, I show him a picture of me weighing over 250#. He will usually cut me some slack because I'm still doing work for his company.
Hope I've been able to help a bit!
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Work 10 or more hour shifts? I work all day and am really finding it difficult to motivate myself to get my steps in. I am on my feet all day as well. I really need to do this. I hope this team can help me....
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