I bought a Fitbit a while back because I wanted to become more aware of my habits and movements. This was also sparked by a trip to the doctor where we discussed ways to lose weight that worked in conjunction with the other health issues I have. We decided that low impact exercises were going to work best for me hence the Fitbit for walking.
I work a desk job, from anywhere between 7.10 am until anytime between 4 – 5 pm. Its a long day with not a lot of movement unless I actively make the effort to move. I knew I would find it really difficult to make the 10,000 steps days so I gave myself a lesser challenge of reaching 7,000 steps on a workday and 12,000 on a non-work day.
This is how I do it on a work day.
- I put my Fitbit on as soon as I get out of the shower. I lose a few steps before that but I can’t imagine it would amount to more than 50 steps.
- Morning exercise – I usually rack up about 500 steps. Most of it is from jumping jacks and the like but I’ll go with it.
- Morning walk. A lap around the block racks up 2000 steps, a lap around the wetlands racks up 1000. Some mornings I do the block and 2 laps of the wetlands, some I do none. Just depends on time. And whether it is very cold or just a little cold.
- During work there isn’t much option. Sometimes I walk up the street to get lunch or the chemist so that trip is around 1000 steps.
- Head out for lunch. I sometimes do my grocery shopping during lunch time. That can get me 1500 steps.
- Depending on the weather and how tired I am, I may go for another walk which gives me another 2000 steps. By this stage I’m at around 8000 steps if I’ve done all the above. But if I haven’t I can be as low as 3000 by home time.
- Once home I can usually rack up another 2000 steps with general housework.
So that’s how I do it. It takes effort and planning and a lot of motivation especially now that it’s getting so cold and brisk but it’s worth it.