Behold my new toy:
This, a pedometer, is the latest addition in my never ending quest to stay motivated. Being a bit competitive, I thought this ideal. I am only competing with myself, but it’s still fun to see if I can meet the recommended 10,000 steps each day.
Let me tell you, it’s not always so easy.
Day One: I went to the park and, after a lengthy jog/walk workout, coupled with my normal daily activity, I surpassed 12,000 steps. Jackpot! Score one for me!! I believe that, being a weekend day, I had more time to fit in more steps.
Day Two: As I have a desk job, the majority of my day was spent, as you might have guessed – at my desk! It does little for boosting the number on my nifty machine. By the end of the day, when I was ready to leave job number 2, I had yet to reach the 10,000 point. I was several thousand steps short. Ahhh!! Seeing that I work in a gym, I decided to just hop on the treadmill. I walked for 30 minutes. That still didn't do it. UGH!! I only got to 6,818 total steps for the day.
Day Three – Success!! I hit 10,036 steps. What helped was a 40-minute long cardio session (Stair Master/Elliptical/Treadmill). Also, being conscious of the device, I attempted to get up and move more. I added in steps wherever I could. A little extra effort paid off.
Though it’s still early on here, I would have to say that normal daily movement will, most likely, not cut it.
I see, so far, that I have to fit in extra fitness. It’s through my workouts (cardio done at a good pace) that I am getting up to the high numbers. On day two I did lift weights at the gym, but that doesn’t involve much walking. I actually popped the pedometer off for that time frame since I thought it would only get in my way, especially during ab work. I ended up missing the mark – and I don’t feel like that bit of time would have saved the day. Even adding in that 30 minute treadmill session wasn’t enough. Maybe an hour would have done it.
And also, while the pedometer does work, it surely is helping me strive to get off my rear more than normal, I do have one complaint: it’s bulky.
Seriously, with the clip to keep it attached to my hip, it’s insanely big. It’s fine under a sweatshirt or a looser top, but throw on a tank top, like I did, and it looks as if you’ve got some weird growth. It’s annoying.
Overall, it does not work so well under clothes which are more form fitting.
Other than that, I think it’s a great motivator. It’s almost like a game, seeing how many steps you can take.
Have you ever tried a pedometer? Did it help get you moving more?