Wanted: Tips for Reaching 10,000 Steps

I bought a FitBit on Black Friday and I’m already learning a lot about myself and my lifestyle only having it a few weeks. I knew, even before wearing a FitBit, that I sat around most of the day having a desk job. I had no idea though how very little steps I take throughout the day. I used to justify my sitting-guilt with, “Well, I get up to refill my coffee or go to the bathroom!” or after work I would say to myself, “Well, I stood the entire time I cooked dinner!” But even standing up, here and there, isn’t enough.

Now that I have a few weeks of data under my belt, I’m going to take charge and really try to hit the recommended 10,000 steps a day. No matter how stressed or exhausted I am. No matter if it’s snowing outside or if it’s a lazy Sunday. No more excuses!

I’ve also found it fascinating looking at my sleeping habits. When I put away my Kindle and turn off the lights, I automatically add up how many hours I have to sleep until my alarm goes off. What I never considered, though, is that it takes a few minutes (or a while in some cases) to fall asleep, and I sometimes start to wake up earlier than when I’ve set my alarm. And just because I’m lying in bed doesn’t mean I’m getting restful sleep. With my FitBit, I’m able to see when I actually fell asleep, how many times I was restless (I move around a lot) and how many times I woke up. I’m realizing that I need to turn off the lights earlier so I can get a full 8 hours of sleep repeatedly, not just on the weekends. I need to make sleep a priority.

I think over the course of the next few months I can improve my overall well-being by paying attention to both my activity and my sleep. Do you have any tips for reaching 10,000 steps? Any ideas for squeezing in more steps here and there? I’d love to hear them.

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2 thoughts on “Wanted: Tips for Reaching 10,000 Steps

  1. Maybe you could take walks on your lunch break? Or two walks for 15 minute breaks in the morning/afternoon? I know it’s cold up there and I don’t know how much room you have in your office, but maybe it would work! I really want one of those FitBits, but I’m holding out for a while.

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