Do you use a pedometer? It seems like just about everyone has some kind of step counter these days, and we all want to hit our 10,000 steps goal! But it can be hard, especially if you’re like me and you have a job that traps you at a computer for most of the day, so here are some tricks I’ve come up with.
Now, it should be noted that after I had the idea for this post, but before I wrote it, I was scrolling through Facebook and found a very similar post written by Karen Sommerfeld. Karen is way funnier than I am, and a MUCH better writer. So hers is probably better. Plus we had a few of the same ideas, so I had to come up with some new ones.
I don’t have a treadmill desk at work, but I do have a fancy desk that goes from sitting to standing with the touch of a button. I have my DIY treadmill desk at home, and even though I don’t use it all day, it really does make a difference at night. I use it when I write blog posts, waste time on social media, and catch up on emails. I can do all of that without sitting on my butt!
I don’t know why, but for some reason I lack the coordination to read on a treadmill, but I can read while I walk slowly around my house. I’ve found that this is also a great way to unwind at the end of the day. You’re not supposed to use screens for thirty minutes before bed, so I use that time to pace around my condo with a good book.
Dance, Dance, Baby
When I’m in the kitchen I like to crank up a fun playlist and bust a move while I put away the dishes. I boogie while I sweep. I shake my groove thang while I fold laundry. Not only does it increase my step count, but it really makes the boring chores go faster.
You know when you get to the end of the day and you’re like, 50 steps away from your goal? But you’ve already washed your face and brushed your teeth and you’re standing at the edge of your bed? Keep standing there and do some calf raises. You’ll tone your legs and your rear, and each one counts for a step.