Tuesday, February 9, 2016

tips to getting more steps

tips to getting more steps
I'm SUPER motivated by my new Fitbit. (I got it in November. I have this one). I aim to reach 10,000 steps a day, which is recommended by the American Heart Association. Even if you don't have a Fitbit, you may be trying to be healthier this year- getting some steps in will help. I'm lucky to have several people around me who use the Fitbit. They motivate me. I've asked them to share their tips on getting more steps. I hope their tips are as helpful to you as they are to me!

My brother Joshua says, "My tip for getting more steps (or being more active, in general) is you have to make time for it. Sure, walking for an hour is tiresome and I'm sure you had a long day, but you have to make time for it. My favorite quote by Earl Nightingale is 'Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of you doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.' This quote can be applicable to different aspects in our day to day lives. Of course, I'd rather be sitting on my couch watching TV, but that is not making me better. Go and make the time to better yourself and I know you will be content with the person you see in the mirror."

My soon to be sister-in-law Jenna says, "I'm new to this but it seems like the following has helped me move more during the day. 1) Take the long route - and then some. I took a walk around campus and went the long way, like all the way around the building, to get back to the cafeteria for dinner. And then after I ordered my meal I went for another walk. 2) If you work at an office job, and you can afford to take your time, make an effort to run a lot of errands (no no, I'll go get that form). I went to pick up the copies. And then back to my desk. And five minutes later I went back to copier. And then to another office. You get the gist. 3) Drink lots of water- it's better for your body and you'll be running to the bathroom constantly. haha. Or maybe I just have a small bladder? Anyway, happy stepping!"

My cousin Marta says, "I'm always looking at ways I can get steps; today Jovani, my husband, pulled up to the mailbox to pick up the mail, I said to him I would come back for the mail later to get steps in. I volunteer to throw out the trash and if we need to pick up some milk I ask Jovani if we can walk. Right now it's warmed up again so after work, an evening stroll with Camila, our daughter, is nice, but that didn't work a couple of weeks ago when it was cold. Sometimes when I'm stuck here doing housework/chores, I walk back and forth from one room to the other. Like folding the laundry in the living room so I have to walk to the room to put it away. And I do small stacks at a time so I'm going back and forth more often. And when I'm down to the wire and I just have 500 steps to make my goal, I run in place until I hit it. :)"

My sister Jasmine says, "Hi again! I've mentioned this before, but I work an office job with limited opportunities to walk so I'm constantly looking for ways to up my step count. My top tip is to track your steps. Whether it's a pedometer, a FitBit, or an app on your phone, knowing how much you're moving is super motivating. Second, I always take the stairs. I know it's cliche , but it works! Lastly, I am a firm believer in doing something productive as you walk. I'm walking even as I type this! No joke. My favorite activity to do while walking is reading my favorite book. Before I reach the end of a section in my book, I've already accumulated so many steps mindlessly!! It's great."

My brother-in-law Siquem says, "My tip for getting more steps is finding ways to make it fun. While walking around, I grab a soccer ball and kick it around or against the wall. I can get the same amount of steps indoors and outdoors and time passes much faster."

My husband Jesse says, "My tip for getting more steps is to take the long route. If I have extra time during my work breaks, I take an additional lap around my workplace. I will also take extra trips to get a task done. For example, if I have to put 3 things away, I will take multiple trips rather than just one. I also take the stairs rather than the elevator. I also browse longer at the grocery store. My biggest tip of all is to be aware of your step count."

As for me, I say, "I'm at home most of the time with my kids, so I do the majority of my walking at home doing laps around my house. (It works for me). If I can do a task as I walk- like having to send a text 'really quick'- I walk as I compile the text message, for example. Zumba and outdoor walking really up my step count, as well. Plus, they're fun activities. The Fitbit app challenges are also really motivating for me. Some friendly competition makes me MOVE."

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