Ok I am in super-competitive mode now, as I have been so busy walking, I haven't had time to stop and write a daily blog!! So here is an update on the story so far.....
On Monday I managed to clock up a whole 23,300 steps (Whoop whoop!!) and on Tuesday, my total dropped slightly to 22,288, which I felt was still good - considering I braved the pouring rain and got completely soaked!! On Wednesday, my total steps took another leap to 24,420! So what is my motivation I hear you cry??
Introducing the stepometer...
Lets face it, there are very few people who walk around manually counting every step that they take for the ENTIRE day!! A stepometer does all the hard work for you. You simply clip it on to your waistband and then it picks up your hip movement
So how many steps should we be doing?
Well for adults, the goal is 10,000 steps a day! LOL I know you must be thinking that is a ridiculous amount of steps, but in 15mins you can clock up to 1,500 steps - so you do the math!
How do you get to 10,000 steps and beyond?
My day starts very early, so a useful tip is to put your stepometer on as soon as you wake up. I tend to train around 5:30am, so I make sure that I record every step - so even before I leave my house in the morning, I tend to clock up at least 3-4,000 steps.
But what if I can't get there?
Don't beat yourself up about it. I always tell my clients to start from where you are and work your way up. As long as you are doing more than you did yesterday, then you are on to a winner!!
What about children?
Yes children can be encouraged to use stepometers too!! My kids love competing with each other and are constantly pacing up and down to get more steps (LOL it does make me a little dizzy watching them, but hey, at least they are being active!!)
Where can I get a stepometer?
Anywhere!! Most supermarkets and sports stores sell them (or go online)!! The one in the picture is a Silva stepcounter, but I've recently switched to using a Fitbug which records the calories burned and keeps a log of at least a weeks worth of steps. If you have a smartphone, then there are VARIOUS apps that you can download.
Remember, these are just motivational aids, there may be variations in the accuracy, but consider it as a guide!! So keep a log and continue to surprise yourself as to just how much you actually do!
P.S It's not too late to try one of the walking challenges on