I need to get moving again. Why? I feel like I’m in a slump and have gained weight and I know it’s because I’m not moving. I’ve been unhappy about my life for a while and I can’t tell you if it’s because life, in general, has been a challenge, if it is work related or if it’s my health. I can probably say all of the above but I know for sure my health has been the least of my priorities. I have been eating crap lately, and I have no excuse except the fact that I don’t care. I decided that starting on Monday morning I would focus on getting 10,000 steps a day. No excuses!
So why 10,000 steps? I often wonder where that number came from turns out it’s not just the American Heart Association pushing that number or some marketing ploy to sell more tracking devices or pedometers. It actually came from a study created by a company to get their employees moving and healthier. They gave them pedometers and their goal was to each get 10,000 steps; many other companies have followed suit to get their employees healthy.
10,000 steps is about 5 miles, depending on the stride length. I’ve always loved to walk and I have a FitBit Charge so I watch my steps pretty closely but lately, I’ve been slacking. So now I’m going to focus on getting at least 10,000 steps per day. I’ve realized that 10,000 steps is more than most people take in a day. And because I have been slacking the last two months or so I have not been taking nearly enough steps, even if I felt like I was.
So how am I going to get motivated to do more steps?
I’m going to take a 30 day drink more water and walk challenge. You can check it out here.
I’m also going to schedule time in my day to walk more. I will schedule a 15-minute break in the AM and one in the afternoon so that I can get moving and away from my desk. I will also try my hardest to go out and walk for lunch. I prefer to walk outdoors over the treadmill in our gym. Yes, I have an onsite gym at work and I have been such a slacker the last two months I have not taken advantage of having the gym right in my office building. It’s not a big gym, just basic cardio machines and some weight machines and free weights and they offer classes during the day. I think I may have to try Yoga sometime, I hear it’s pretty good for your body.
The other goal is to drink more water. I realize as of late that I have been drinking more sodas and sweet tea. I remember a few years ago when I cut out all sodas and tea I lost 10 pounds right from the start so my goal is to drink 64 ounces of water per day. I got some lemons at the grocery store so I can make sure I feel like the water is tasty and will drink more.
I have a goal to lose 30 pounds and I am going to do it. I am sure I could lose a lot more but I’m going to start with a goal of 30 pounds. That will get me to feel much better and hopefully, my bones won’t hurt as much. I just turned 46 and it seems everything is starting to creak and crack. I have been researching other ways to lose weight including diet and more exercise, more to come on this.
I figured creating a habit of 10,000 steps a day is the easiest thing I can focus on and honestly it’s the cheapest form of exercise. You need a good pair of walking shoes and it can be done just about anywhere. Even if the weather is bad you can still walk inside. I like to follow Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home programs, they are super fun and you can get in a good 2 or 3 miles fast with her program.
So starting tomorrow I am going to do at least 10,000 steps a day and drink more water. I’ll share an update at the end of this week to see how this week goes. Wish me luck!