There’s no doubt that exercising every day is good for you. But finding the time to fit it in, isn’t always easy. We all have many things to do. Balancing work and family is a bit of a challenge. If you can’t find the time, then try fitting it in as you go. Using a fun little gadget to help can help to motivate more too.
Count your steps for better health
This little gadget is called a pedometer and it’s available in a range of forms. The one I use is the Fitbit, but there are more simple versions. Some people even use their phone to help them to count steps.
The pedometer will count how many steps you take each day. If you use something like a Fitbit, then it will also keep track of how active you are being and for how long in addition to counting the miles. Even if you’re doing just little spurts of walking or you’re heading out for a hike, the pedometer will count your steps for you.
If time really isn’t on your side, then you might want to fit it in each day by stretching what time you do have. For example, you can get off the bus a stop early or you can park further away from your destination. Take a quick walk at lunch or walk around the park whilst your kids are playing on the swings. This way you haven’t had to block out extra time, but you’ve still got your exercise in.
Many people say that 10,000 steps a day is a good goal. However, just getting 5,000 or 7,500 into your day is still good. It’s far better than not doing exercise, especially if you’re seated for most of the day. Being seated for most of the day myself, I find it a challenge as I don’t have a dog anymore!
Here’s how I get my steps in
There are a couple of different ways that I get my walking in. I get up early and take a quick 15-minute walk before I start my day. I walk with my loved one and I find its extra quality time that we can enjoy together.
In addition, I may walk at home too by following Leslie Sansone’s walk at home program. It does get you moving, and you walk up to 3 miles – but on the spot. Leslie gets you moving your arms and you do break a good sweat and can even strengthen your upper body. You’ll be led through a number of arm raising moves as you go.
Overall, keeping track of your steps can be very motivating. When you see you have just 1500 steps to go to meet your goal, you can push yourself to get those in. There are competitions and challenges too that are motivating. Give FitBit a try, it comes with an app and a network of walkers who will help you to achieve your walking goals.
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