Monday, 13 October 2014

Stepping up to 10,000 steps

Recently the company I work for has launched a walking challenge - 10,000 steps a day for a few weeks.  We all know we should be doing this every day, but it's hard, isn't it?  I can't resist a challenge so I thought I'd give it a go.

Like everyone who does an office job, I tend to sit still for long periods when I'm working.  Measuring over the last week or so, I don't even hit 5,000 steps on those days, agh!  So here's how I'm trying to build in some extra steps in my week and especially on working days:

Measure up

Recording steps is a great first start to increasing them.  I'm using my Withings Pulse electronic pedometer, combined with the app on my iPhone.  Looking at it at lunch time and realising I've only done 2,243 steps is enough to get me out for a walk!

Ironing madness

Ironing's one of those boring jobs.... but I've been trying to build in a few more steps by putting each item away as I iron it.  This means a few more walks across the landing, a bit more time, but added 500 steps to my pedometer that evening.

Treat - walk - walk - treat

Chocolate in the evenings is a bit of a vice of mine, so this week I didn't buy any at the supermarket.  Instead, if I really, really want some, I have to walk to the local shop.  This has the double bonus of saving me calories when I can't face going out and burning some off on the days I do!

Parking mayhem

It makes me laugh when I pass our local gym, and cars are gridlocked just outside it.  The same people who are so desperate to park so close are inside on running machines - crazy!  Park as far away as you can from the shop, school, doctor, whereever, and add another couple of hundred steps to your day.

Walking the school run

This makes a difference to me of about 4,000 steps a day - even in the rain we're out walking to and from school whenever I'm not working and have time.  Ditch the car - you will all feel much better for it.

I'd love to hear how you get to 10,000 steps a day, and woud really appreciate any tips!

1 comment:

  1. We did this at our work, as teams. Great fun, although really difficult when you're in an office job, even making up for it at weekends.

    I wear my fitbit every day. I generally only do about 2500 steps a day if I don't go out for a walk at lunchtime. But even with a walk into town from work, with a walk between our 2 offices, I might still only reach 6000. I know that I need to be out and about for 3+ hours to reasonably do 10000 steps, or go shopping in Milton Keynes!

    I don't think it helps where I live either. There are no pavements and unless you like hiking, there's nothing to really see when you're out for a walk. I find it really dull, whereas when I used to live in a city or town, after tea it was nice to go out for a walk and discover new places.

    Good luck with the challenge.