I hit 10,00 steps easily on Monday, but it was my birthday and a holiday so that made it easy. Sure, I had a lazy morning with breakfast in bed and a chick flick. But the sun was shining and my Fitbit was calling, so Pete and I went for a run by the ocean. And before going out for dinner, we took a nice long walk on the beach. Bam, goals reached, thank you very much.
Then Tuesday hit and the normal weekday routine kicked in. Long walks on the beach are replaced by long hours with the laptop. And the step goals? Not even close. So I cut all goals in half, as a start, and will take the advice I read about increasing them by 5% each week. Even though I cut my goals in half, I still didn’t meet them on Tuesday. So I’m learning ways to be more active during the day. And part of that seems to include being less efficient.
I’m a wiz at efficiency and multi-tasking. But my new goal is to knock down my efficiency in order to take more steps. The recycling gathered in a neat pile to be brought to the basement at the end of the day? Well now I’m bringing each item downstairs immediately. Belongings gathered on the main floor landing to be taken up in one trip? Nope - each thing gets whisked upstairs and put away immediately. On the upside, my house has never been cleaner! Straightening up adds steps. Vacuuming adds steps. Wiping down counters and scouring out sinks adds steps. With a little more cleaning and a lot less efficiency, I’m learning how to work more movement into my day. 10,000 steps still might be a tough one to crack, but I’ll keep trying to add 5% more steps each week and see if I can make it work.
Do you find an activity tracker is helping you move around more? What are your secrets for working in more steps?