Raise your hand if you have a Fitbit or pedometer of some sort! I have recently switched over to a Garmin that tracks my daily steps but I was an OG Fitbit user. I had many of the models and I LOVED them. As someone who has had sedentary jobs all their life, it’s a huge eye opener to realize we don’t walk enough on a daily basis.
As weird as it sounds, my love obsession with running started with walking. Jordan and I both had Fitbit and we saw how little we walked. It was super embarrassing. We began to walk for miles around our neighborhood. Not only was it nice to catch up and spend time together but we realized that it made us feel better. After doing this for a few weeks, both of us began to notice some weight loss.
Whenever people ask me about starting a workout regimen, I always suggest walking. It’s super easy, beneficial, and you don’t need any fancy equipment. Even if you already have a fitness regiment, walking throughout your day is a huge benefit.
Walking Tip #1: Park Far Away/Window Shop
If you have to go to the store, park a bit away from the entrance. I really don’t mind the extra steps because I know that it’s good for me. Obviously this won’t be THAT big of a change but it will change your mindset.
Sometimes Jordan and I will head to the mall and park at one end and walk to the other. Our closet mall is massive so if we do the complete mall, it’s about a mile or so. During those hot Texas summers, walking indoors is perfect. Seriously mall walkers are on to something. It’s a great way to walk around and not get bored.
Walking Tip #2: Walk Your Pooch!
Having a dog is a great reminder for a walk. Even though we have a big enough yard for Snowflake to run around in, I still like to take her around the neighborhood. We go for about three or four walks weekly with her. Depending on your dog, you may opt for a morning and afternoon walk. This way you both get your exercise and you have an accountability partner!
Walking Tip #3: Walk and Talk
Are you on the phone a lot for work? Do you call your family to catch up? Why not go for a walk at the same time?! I know that answering emails can take some time so sometimes I’ll go for a walk while I check in. You can still get your job done while getting some extra steps in. My husband calls his family while walking around the house. It doesn’t seem like much but it all adds up!
What are some of your tips to get some extra steps?