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I LOVE my FitBit. I full on drank the Kool-Aid and became one of them. The look-at-your-wrist-and-tap-wildly-on-your-watch crowd. I now start conversations with “How many steps do you have today?” I wake up eager to check my FitBit app to see how much I slept. And help me baby Jesus if I forget to put it back on after my shower. Those steps DIDN’T EVEN COUNT!! It’s like I didn’t even walk them.
I shoot for 10,000 steps. Sometimes I get there. Sometimes I don’t. I really hate getting to the end of the day and having to pace around my house to get the last several hundred, so I am constantly trying to find easy, almost unnoticeable, ways to get some extra steps in.
The first and most obvious. Park far away from entrances. I mean FAAAAAAAAAAAAR FAAAAAAAAAR AWAAAAAAAAAAAY. Like in the back-40 of the lot. I’m great at this now. May not be so great at it when it’s 20-below and snowing.
Take the stairs. Yep it sucks. Do it anyway.
Use the furthest bathroom from your current location. Not kidding. My home office is downstairs. There’s a bathroom not even 10 steps away. I go all the way upstairs and down a hallway to use the facilities.
Pay for your gas inside the store rather than using pay-at-the-pump. Again, I may not be all that excited about this one come January.
Take the long way around. Is it a straight shot from point A to point B? Take the scenic route. Even at home. Our kitchen, dining room, and living room are connected with a center wall between kitchen/dining room and the living room. If I’m in the kitchen I will go through the dining room to get the the living room rather than straight into the living room. It only adds about five steps but those steps add up if I do it several times a day.
Dance or march in place during commercials on TV. Or, if you stream all your shows and don’t have commercials anymore, do this during the first ten minutes of every show.
Vacuum or sweep. I have tons of pets. There’s never a time when something doesn’t need to be vacuumed or swept at my house.
Walk up and down all the aisles at the grocery store instead of skipping the ones you don’t need something from. In a hurry? Go faster!
Take the dog for a walk rather than just letting him outside into the yard. You get the bonus of a happy pup! Again…not going to be my favorite wintertime activity!
Dress for activity. I change out of my work clothes every evening. If I put on super comfy lounge pants and an oversized t-shirt or sweatshirt all I want to do is snuggle up on the couch and watch TV. However, if I put on work-out clothes complete with tennis shoes — even if I’m not planning to work out — I tend to be far more active. You know what they say “Dress for the job you want!” In this case dress for the goal you want!
My very bestest friend does jumping jacks to get a whole bunch of steps. This, however, is something I never do. If you are a woman of a certain age and have had multiple children, I’m sure you understand! I don’t jump.
The final tip, and I think the most important: SLEEP! Sleep makes everything easier. Without enough sleep, not only am I sluggish, but I don’t really give much of a damn about a stupid goal because really can I just get through this stupid day because I’m so freakin’ tired and everything is stupid.