Dr. Oz and other professionals recommend at least 10,000 steps a day. What!?, I hear you saying. How can I possibly get in 10,000 steps a day when I work in an office? I use to have the same dilemma, and I figured out how to do it and I’ll share with you exactly how I get in at least 10,000 steps a day.
- I get up early. Yeah, I know we hate it at times. Although I found it a really great habit to form. As a matter of fact, I love getting up early so much now, that I want to get up even earlier! I get up about 4 1/2 hours before I have to leave to work. This gives me time to read, to post business blogs and posts of social media, to meditate (pray), and prepare my breakfast and dinner for the day along with walking and every other day going to the gym. I get so much done before my regular job begins, that I want to see if I can cut into my sleep time of instead of 8 hours, 7 1/2 hours instead and get up 5 hours before I have to leave to work to get even more done!
- Start out slow. I’m still a great work in progress, and yet I’m proud of how far I’ve come. When I started out I could only walk 15 minutes before I was too tired to go on. Now I’m up to 40 minutes with the final goal being 1 hour of walking.
- Keep it fresh. When it’s not too hot, rainy, or snowing out, I enjoy walking in different neighborhoods. My mind is so busy looking at the yards and houses I haven’t’ seen before, that I’m done with my walk before I know it.
- Take a water bottle with you. There are times where I don’t even drink out of my water bottle until I’m done walking, and then there are times I am really glad I have my water bottle with me to drink from. So it’s a good idea to take a water bottle with you, even if it’s just for security.
- Pay attention to where you parked. If you do decide to walk in different neighborhoods, make sure to pay attention to where you parked and where you’re walking. You don’t want to lose your way and walk in circles not being able to find your car.
- Walk on your breaks. At my job, I have three breaks. Two 15 minute breaks, and one 1/2 hour lunch break. I walk on all three of my breaks. I eat before my lunch break as I’m working at my desk, and use my lunch break to walk instead. By time the work day is over, I’ve reached at least 10,000 steps for that day!Once you get into the habit of walking, you’ll absolutely love the feel of it. On those days where it’s not nice out, go to the gym and do the tread mill instead. It’s a bit boring, but at least you get your steps in for the day.
- Keep track of your steps with a Fitbit Blaze. I was given a Fitbit Blaze and it wears just like a watch and even shows the time, my heart rate, the number of steps I take a day, and quite a bit more. It’s very easy to use. What I love about it is you can set your goal of the number of steps you want to get to in a day, and once you reach that goal it gives you a little visual reward.
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Dexter D Black
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