You know that song that goes “I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more”?
Yeah, that guy doesn’t have a desk job.
So one of my goals for the month of February is to walk 10,000 steps a day. The 10,000 steps is something that I kind of picked because I’ve generally heard that 10,000 steps relates to health. Upon further research, I’m not sure if that number has any magic to it, but I’m sticking with it.
Have you read Mark Sisson’s FREE Primal Blueprint Fitness eBook? No? IT’S FREE PEOPLE! I really liked it. In the eBook, he covers several exercise principles to follow for optimum health. The first – “Move Frequently at a Slow Pace” is the foundation of primal fitness. Moving slowly could be a manner of different slower activities like leisure bike riding, gentle swimming, hiking, or walking. This month I’m focusing on walking because 1) I’m kind of lazy and getting into a swimming cap is literally my worst nightmare and 2) It’s winter in Colorado. Bike riding… not so much. Yeah, yeah, some people do it. Good on them. For now I’m going to work on walking.
So I procured a basic pedometer at Walmart. Of course, it’s not one of those fancy, digital pedometers. It’s the old-school kind. That clicks when I walk. Did I mention I’m in the process of procuring a digital pedometer? Yes.
Before I started my 10,000 steps, I decided to establish a baseline of how much I was actually walking in my average days. I started on Saturday: nearly 10,000 steps! That was a Saturday, so I was up and about more than normal cleaning, doing errands, and I took my dog for a monster walk. I knew that wasn’t the best picture of my normal day, so I did a couple more days of baseline. Sunday: 6892 steps. I took my dog on a shorter walk, and it was Superbowl Sunday, so I spent more time than my Sunday usual in a Lazy Boy. But, still not horrible.
But then, Monday came. Back to my office job I went.
An abysmal 2,661 steps.
Granted, it was a rare day that I didn’t take my dog for a walk, which would have likely added maybe 2,000 steps. I also took the pedometer off while at the Crossfit gym, because I’ve decided workouts aren’t going to count towards the daily goal.
2,661!?!?! According to the internet, less that 3,000 steps is considered sedentary. AGH!
Of course, I’m feeling all panicked and sorry for myself which is completely unreasonable because I have an amazing job, even if it is in an office. I love my work, my coworkers, and I actually have a really nice desk to sit at. But I started thinking “How am I ever going to walk that much? What am I going to do!?”
I read this article yesterday written by someone who is actually busy. He is a lawyer, he is married, and he has three children under the age of three. My life, its commitments and general business pale in comparison. This guy manages to be active throughout the day, and maintain a six pack. Damn him and his perfect life. But, bitterness aside, it did inspire me to get creative and seek out the little moments throughout the day when I can walk. Like walking to a colleague’s desk rather than calling them. Or taking a couple breaks throughout the day to take a brisk walk around my office building. And always arranging my days so I can always take my dog for a walk (she loves w-a-l-k’s). Is our family the only one that’s had to start spelling the word “walk” so as not to start a complete riot of excitement in the dogs?
I was going to do another few days of baseline, but I’m over it. I refuse to have another sedentary day, and February is a short month.
Callin’ all my desk jockeys! Does anyone out there have any tips or tricks they use to be active throughout the day?
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