Fitbit: How To Get Those 10,000 Steps In
I’ve been getting off to a slow start this year because of my foot injury, but I’m finally weaning out of my medical brace, and I’ve been cleared for light exercise such as walking the dog and riding a stationary bike.
I’m still having a lot of discomfort in my foot and leg at times, so I’m feeling guardedly optimistic about my ability to get back into the groove of regular exercise, but I know I need to go ahead and “make my move” and see what happens.
For so long, I was dying to get back out there. If I couldn’t run, I wanted to at least walk or bike — anything to work up a sweat and get some fresh air. But taking time to heal my injuries has been such a long road, and this winter is so dreadfully cold, that I’m finding it hard to get motivated and get back out there again.
I decided to take the plunge and get a Fitbit to see if that would help my motivation.
For those who aren’t acquainted with the Fitbit, it’s a device you wear on your wrist that tracks your steps. The idea is to encourage you to meet a daily goal, thus burning more calories and getting healthy. You can see me wearing it here.
When you set up your account and sync your Fitbit to your computer, the default goal is 10,000 steps a day. This is not just a random number set by a computer. According to the Fitbit blog, medical authorities around the world have agreed that 10,000 steps a day (approximately 5 miles) is a healthy number to aim for because it’s a rough equivalent to the Surgeon General’s recommendation to accumulate 30 minutes of activity most days of the week. It should be enough to reduce your risk for disease and help you lead a longer, healthier life.
Sounds good to me! But think about it for a minute. Five miles a day is A LOT OF STEPS unless you are actively exercising, so you definitely have to put some effort into it. I haven’t been getting anywhere NEAR that amount of steps per day so I decided to make a list of all the creative ways I can think of to fit in those 10,000 steps.
How to Get More Fitbit Steps
- Park at the far end of the parking lot.
- Take the steps instead of the elevator.
- Whenever you’re walking somewhere, take the long way around.
- Give the dog an extra walk or two every day.
- Drink more water so you’ll have to get up to use the restroom more often!
- Join a Fitbit group and set up a competition.
- Take multiple trips when bringing in the groceries.
- Walk to the store instead of drive, whenever possible.
- Pace around the house when talking on the phone.
- Do extra chores around the house.
Perhaps none of these are incredibly inventive, but getting your steps in is all about being intentional about taking as many steps throughout the day as possible. It’s so easy to sit at my desk for hours on end, and I know that is incredibly bad for my health, so I am printing out this list and putting it on my bulletin board. That way it will be a constant reminder to get up and move.
Kohl’s has you covered with everything you need to get moving, from the Fitbit to workout attire to the right shoes to cold weather gear that will keep you protected from the elements as you make your move to a healthier, more active lifestyle.
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I’d love to hear from other “Fitbitters” out there. If you have more creative ways to get your Fitbit steps, let me know!
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Kohl’s.