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I do fine getting my steps on days I'm off..but on days where my job is primarily computer research, I barely get 3K in at work, and have to walk a long time at home on treadmill l(in winter) to get to the 10K goal, and I'm getting bored of that...was easier in summer when walking involved more outdoor activities. I think I may mix up my workout plan at home to somedays have things besides walking (like attempting Zumba DVD, or doing my old Tae Bo tape) and be ok with 7-8K on those days. I even modified my treadmill to have a table on it for my laptop, but the type of work I do is not so easy while walking..and when I could, my neck started to hurt from looking at screen while walking.
It is interesting and challenging to find those steps during work. I am active at work and average 1000 steps per hour. I do not have a desk job. In fact, the powers that be want us to use the computer while standing which would mean 12+ hours of standing/walking with absolutely no sitting.
Still, I find it challenging on my days off to get my steps. I have to take the dog walking longer, do a lot of walking about the house, and walk around the yard several times as I do yardwork.
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I agree, it's hard getting those steps in on the days that I work. I try to make sure that I get up often to get supplies or put things away or even just walk in place but the biggest help is I put in 4-6,000 steps prior to going to work. This also helps with my cardio efforts because it's usually done within 50 minutes. With Winter coming on, I'll probably move to my treadmill or even try to work a path around the inside of my house.
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I agree it is amazing how sedentary we can be at desk jobs! Though as someone else mentioned, I get even less steps on days when I stay home - UNLESS I make a real effort. Thank goodness for the pedometer (and my body bugg). They really help me be more active. When I can, I put my watch alarm on to go off every hour and I get up and walk for 5-10 minutes (go to another floor to visit someone that I could have just sent an email to) or just walk up and down some stairs, whatever your work environment permits. But lunch time walks really help me - they clear my brain and let ideas flow that sometimes don't seem to come when I am sitting at my computer. You are very close to that 10,000 step mark - I have even resorted to getting my step out and going up and down on my step or BOSU while watching TV or doing a mile or 2 or 3 or 5 with Leslie Sansone. I pop one of her dvds into my computer and have that on while watching tv at night. I've done the dvds so often that I can turn it down really low and it is easy to do both things at the same time. Makes me feel less guilty about watching tv!
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Welcome to the team. I do a twenty minute Walk it Out with Leslie Sanson on the days I don't get enough steps in. Good luck and I know
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Welcome! You are so right that wearing the pedometer is a great tool for making us conscious of how sedentary an office job makes our 9-5 (or so) lives. However, like the others below I have found ways to 'sneak' in more steps without seemingly strolling the halls mindlessly. Going to a restroom farther away than the closest is obvious - and makes a huge difference when you are consuming 80 oz of water a day - lol! Also I make an effort (in addition to walking to lunch and back every day) of taking a loop from my upstairs location to a far corner downstairs location and back - good for calorie burn to take the stairs whereever possible. I was also walking the factory floor (we have a manufacturing facility here as well) but I stood out there in my 'managerial' dress and seemed to make some people out there nervous - they seemed to think I was monitoring their work activities - how funny is that?
Also at home I make an effort to take the stairs as often as possible. Multiple laundry trips, checking on the kids vs calling upstairs, etc.
With a little creativity it is not difficult to find a routine where 10000 per day becomes routine. Even with an office job!
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Thanks gals, great suggestions!
I too work at a desk all day but am lucky enough to sneak in steps by getting up and down a lot to take papers, etc. to everyone's office and usually end up doing a walk about just to stretch : ) I do it so often now that no one notices me going up and down the hall LOL
I totally agree -- it's hard to get in many steps at work. I find it is even harder when I work from at home, because my office building is big, and my house isn't. However, ever step counts. I'm trying to be less efficient -- like park further from my office, don't use the closest restroom, take the long-way when walking to a meeting, etc. I try to remember to keep my feet moving when doing tasks like brushing my teeth. You're really close to 10,000 steps. A mile is about 2000 steps for an average stride, and from the activity you are already doing, I'm guessing you can do about a 15-minute-mile -- so you only need about 10 - 20 more minutes of steps in your day, or a 1 - 2 minute walk once an hour or so.
Good morning everyone,
This is Sarah S. Since I'm a newbie I would love some advice. This is honestly the first time that I've really been on top of tracking my steps with a pedometer. However, more than anything it's making me aware of just how sedentary my life really is (mostly due to my job).
Each day, I sit in front of my computer at work but do take breaks and head home to my apt nearby for lunch, so I do get a few thousand steps during biz hours. In the evenings I head to the gym, and gain a few more thousand before heading to bed.
In the last few days since I've joined this group I've recorded 8,881 on Monday and 7,020 on Tues (this includes a 45 spinning class). What can I do to help get a few more thousand to meet this daily goal?
For those of you who are in front of a computer at work all day, what works for you?
Thanks a lot for the feedback!! :)