If you’ve read my profile you’ll know how easy it is for something to get in the way of my leading a more active life than the one I have planned in my head. So after achieving my 10,000 steps per day for a whole week just a short while back, my children were absented from school for 14 days(!) to enjoy a mid-term break and to allow the school to move premises. This upset to what I would now like to call ‘my routine am walk’ led to a decline in the number of steps achieved to such an extent that I stopped wearing the pedometer altogether. Midterms included a trip to Kent, a 5 day stay with a friend in Newcastle, heaps of kids, bottles of red wine, shared strawberry cheesecake, then lime cheesecake, doritos and chocolate. Thank goodness those boys are back to school because whoever was living in my head whilst I was away forgot all about the healthy lifestyle to which she aspires. And having gotten out of the habit of wearing my pedometer I then forgot to clip it on first day back to school. Never mind – it’s on now! And we can only plan the future, not the past.
My planning for the future includes a commitment to my pedometer for 2 weeks this time. I figure if I can achieve 10,000 daily steps for 1 week I can certainly achieve it for 2 – and I suspect you can also should you so wish. The school moving premises has in fact made this a whole lot easier. I clocked 3,000 steps through my drop off, and another 3,000 with my pick up. I am sitting at under 8,000 here at 4:30p.m. showing me the little movement that was achieved the rest of the day as I sat at my computer. I figure if I add a detour after drop off in the am I can add another 1,000 steps in pretty easily. Determined. Determined. Determined. It’s just for 2 weeks, so we’ll see how I go. Getting excited about it now. Here I come with another star chart for myself.
Top tips for best pedometer usage
1. Wear your pedometer every day – you know it makes sense. You will capture a picture of how inactive/active you are day to day.
2. After your first week of clocking your steps calculate your average. If not meeting your 10,000 steps quota for healthy living increase your current output by 1,000 steps per day for one week.
3. Draw out a chart and work yourself with time towards the 10,000 goal. Don’t think about how long this will take – just think day by day, and week by week. Then work yourself towards the big number.
4. Reward yourself at the end of each week with a non-food treat. Before you know it the summer will be here and you will be a walking machine – just like me in my head!