I’m going to be honest, over the holidays it’s easy to fall off track. It’s easy to want to skip that workout, to not get up and move for that one hour as demanded by our activity trackers. Perhaps it’s the falling off track feeling or its also the feeling of winter, where I want to stay bundled up in a nest of blankets for as long as I can. Maybe it’s a combination of the two. Regardless, we know we should be doing better and actually moving around.
Whether you have a Fitbit, Apple watch (I’ve personally had both) or another kind of fitness tracker, you will know there’s many customizable features you can use to increase the chances of you hitting your step goal. Hourly reminders (Fitbit) and stand reminders (Apple watch) can be customized to send you a notification when you aren’t moving your butt for nearly an hour. With many fitness trackers you can set goals towards steps, exercise, calories burned, distance and number of flights of stairs climbed. Setting these parameters can be a driving factor for us to complete our goals!
However, they can also go unnoticed. It didn’t take very much willpower for me to ignore a stand notification when I was nestled in blankets. It also didn’t bother me very much to miss a day for my exercise goal. So, that being said, in combination with all this technology aiding us to reach our goals, we also need to MOVE ourselves and make our mindset one that is centred around fitness goals.
So naturally, I sat down and wondered how I could start incorporating more ways to get moving so that I could reach my step goals without even noticing. I wanted to create healthier routines that would turn into healthier habits to set me up for future activity success. You can check out here for the easiest thing I started doing to become more fit!
Here is a list of five SIMPLE things you can start incorporating into your daily life to get moving more, and get you started on creating healthier habits.
Get Up and Move – Even if There is No Tracker Notification
Yes you heard me! GET UP! It’s frightening I know but this was the simplest way I increased my steps at little to no effort. For every half hour that you’re sitting, get up and do a lap. Do a lap of your house, the office. If you can’t obviously ‘do a lap’ then go to the bathroom (preferably a further one). Get up and have a drink of water. Go put a new load of laundry in the washer. Go check the mail. Every half hour just get up and move even if you feel like you’re doing something insignificant. The steps will add up and you’ll break up long periods of sitting.
Start Parking Further Away
This can be a bit of a pain in the winter time but it seriously racks up the steps. It’s a simple trick you can incorporate into daily practices to get closer to your step goal. The further you park, the more steps you earn! Plus, you have to walk there and back! BONUS. This is something I still do to this day and I swear by this method! (Plus no one really likes parking further away so you may save your car some unnecessary damage)
Create a Step Challenge With Friends
This can be done through the tracker itself, or keep a paper and pen/social media score board and record your steps each day! I used to be in a step challenge every week because I was always motivated to beat my friends! (Kind of funny how we won’t get up and move on our own, but if there’s the possibility of beating someone we’re all in). A little bit of healthy competition may be the catalyst you need to unlock your true stepping potential. Check out the settings of your fitness tracker today or create your own challenge today to get started!
Go For a Quick Walk
You wouldn’t believe the number of steps you can gain from simply going on a walk. Bring your friends, bring the family, bring the dog! Or bring your headphones and go take a lap around your neighbourhood. This will take 15-30 minutes out of your day max, and will easily increase the number of steps you rack up. It’s also great as stress relief, a great way to get out and see your neighbourhood and nature and your dog may enjoy it just as much as you do! If you’re not a person who enjoys walks, check out one of my other posts here for how to easily implement more exercise that doesn’t include a treadmill, elliptical or stair master!
Up Your Step Goal
I know you’re probably thinking I’m crazy. Cyn, why would I UP my step goal when I’m not even consistently reaching it? Well to be honest, I had to do this to start reaching my step goal. Nothing crazy, I upped it from 10,000 per day to 11,000. Why? When I started consistently hitting 10,000 some days without even trying, my brain started to think it was too easy. So then I would slack, because it felt easy. I always felt as though I was hitting my goal too early in the day, and then I would be just racking bonus steps for the rest of the day, so I would start slacking because I knew I had the time. Except I didn’t, and I started consistently missing my step goal. You don’t have to up it by 1000 necessarily, but upping it by a small amount may challenge you to start taking your step goal seriously again!
I know this article sounds step goal obsessed, but I’m merely using the step goal as a measurement for you to see how consistently you’re reaching your activity goals. The main goal of this post is to get moving MORE. The step count is just a measurement. So, that being said, don’t take the number too literally. Don’t obsess if you don’t hit your goal every day (I don’t). As long as you are trying and putting in the effort to consistently move more, your body will thank you!
Did you find any of these tips helpful? What are some ways you use to get moving more? Let me know in the comments!