I am a health and fitness blogger. That is what I do; I earn a living writing about finding, being and getting healthy and fit. I sit for hours a day doing this. I have become more sedentary throughout the day since I left my fulltime job to be a health and fitness blogger. Do you see the irony here? Don’t get me wrong, I never miss a workout and I’ve continued to train for and run marathons over the past two years. So it’s not that I’m not active, it’s just that I sit many more hours during the day than I ever have in my life and it’s starting to take it’s toll on my health, body and my sanity.
Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise
There is a ton of research out there that shows that sitting more than 8-12 hours a day can be detrimental to your health, even if you’re an avid exerciser. Uh oh! It was most certainly time to do something about this! I kicked off my 2015 with a set of personal and professional goals and this “moving more throughout the day” sat in both categories and was high on my list.
Having a goal is one thing, and often the hardest part, but a goal without a plan is simply a wish. And I don’t wish to get up and move more, I must get up and move more. Well, you can’t really get a firm grip or form a solid plan on how to get better unless you know where you are. I decided to get a FitBit so I could start by learning how much I really was moving throughout the day so I could then set goals to move more and more.
The most interesting thing happened after I got my FitBit
My little tracker, the tracker I got just to get a baseline so I could then make a plan and find a solution, has actually become my solution to moving more. I LOVE this little thing! I don’t think I ever got a baseline because I naturally found myself doing silly little things throughout the day to move more and “get more steps” so I could hit my 10K per day goal. It makes it a game and games, that obviously, I like to play!
Some crazy things I’ve done to hit 10K daily my goal:
- I don’t hit the grocery store on my way home from the gym. I make a separate trip to walk back to it later in the day and get out of the house.
- I ran back to get my car that I had left at a friends house instead of taking an Uber or catching a ride. It was only 3 miles, but I promise I would not have made the run had I not been tracking.
- We literally hiked over a mountain to get to a winery in Temecula on our last visit instead of driving. Much safer and we got in an extra 5K steps and burned off the tasting.
- We’ve walked laps around the block waiting for friends instead of sitting in the car.
The list goes on and all these little things add up! I can proudly say that I’ve hit my 10K step goal 4/5 days and have averaged 16K steps per day since I’ve had this little device on my wrist. I will work harder to be more consistent with the 10K per day rule now that I know where I can improve.
Turns out I’m not the only one who naturally moves more with a FitBit
To support us all in moving more, I launched the 100 Mile Month Challenge with my 30-Day Challenge Series and it’s been quite fun to track how fast all the miles add up. I’ve always looked at my distance in terms of “running miles” in that I run 30-40 miles per week training for marathons. I had no idea I’d top 100+ miles in less than two weeks once I started tracking all activity and moving more naturally with this little FitBit. And when I asked the community what crazy, silly things they do to get in more steps throughout the day, I heard quite a few entertaining answers!
- I’ll admit to walking in place during conference calls at work, or during commercials when watching TV.
- My husband teases me, because when it comes to the end of the day and I am close to my goal I’ll pace my house.
- I’ve taken up house walking to get the steps in! And instead of trying to get all groceries/laundry, etc. in at once, I take one load or 2 bags at a time…
- Craziest thing usually takes place just before midnight – running as fast as I can to hit the next thousand steps.
- Jumping jacks, jogging in place, walking in house, up and down stairs to get my flights for the day, jump rope without rope. It’s all good!
- I have ran laps in my basement, jumping jacks, ran stairs, Zumba, danced with my girl, pillow fights, and the list goes on!
- I drive my husband nuts but I pace the house and have been known to jump on the treadmill before bed and RUN to get in a fast 300 steps when that is what I need to reach 10k steps.
- I’ve spent a miles marching in front of the TV. I’ve also started parking super far away from stores and doing laps around the grocery store to get more steps.
Where can you get a FitBit and naturally start moving more?
As you may recall I’ve been working with Kohl’s and their #MakeYourMove campaign since January. I’ve been floored with the amount of gear they stock to help us all eat better, exercise more, sleep better and manage stress. Of course, they sell all the FitBits and are competitively priced. I actually saved money and got it for a few dollars less than Amazon because I used some Kohl’s Cash. Awesome, right? I got the basic FitBit Flex, but they recently released the fancier FitBit Charge and FitBit Charge HR. They also have the FitBit Zip, which is a bit more inexpensive, and the FitBit One, a bit more discrete than the wristbands. And of course, I’m all accessorized up with the accessory kit for multiple color options. I’m digging the orange/red because it totally matches my workbag. Ha!
Now, are you ready to #MakeYourMove and get moving more?
If you already have a FitBit, what’s the craziest thing you did to get more steps in a day?
*This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Kohl’s.
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