May 1st marks the start of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Here at WanderFit, I’m taking the time to dig deep into the small changes that can add up and make a big change. What a better time to do this than May 1st, the start of what (kind) of feels like spring here in the frozen tundra, and the start of a month geared toward giving you information and resources you need to lead a more active lifestyle.
Let’s start the month by talking about general activity throughout your day. Not necessarily going to the gym and “working out” but rather “working in”. This month, I challenge you to incorporate more activity into your daily routine. Below are 3 options to get you started.
Option 1: Lunch Break
Do you have the luxury of a lunch break at work? If so- use it to your advantage! Take 1/2 of your lunch break to get out of your chair- walk around the office, do jumping jacks, maybe you’ll feel motivated enough to bust out 10 burpees. Maybe your cubicle buddy would even like to start this challenge with you.
Option 2: TV Time
Let’s face it, most of America has a favorite guilty pleasure TV show, or Netflix habit. If you don’t, kudos! If you do, dedicate yourself to moving for every commercial break. Jumping Jacks, Mountain Climbers, Planks, Burpees, jogging in place- all of theses are options you can do that do not require any equipment, and use minimal space. If you have room and time to watch TV, you have room to workout. Period.
Option 3: Pedometer Time
Pedometers are a simple device that you hook onto your jeans, workout bottoms, or on your ankle. They measure the number of steps a day you take. The equation is simple- the more steps you take=the more calories you burn.
Many people I have talked to view tracking their steps as a game against themselves. Seeing that number not get quite high enough can challenge you to hit the goal of 10,000 steps a day…or more. If you’re just starting on a walking plan, aim for 10,000 steps.
Generally, 5,000 steps a day and under is considered sedentary.
7,500-10,000 steps a day is considered Moderately Active.
10,000 steps a day is considered Active.
12,500 steps a day pushes you into the Highly Active category.
Pedometers can be bought at virtually any store that has an exercise section, and can also be purchased online.
What change will you make today? Make sure to check back frequently for more ways to incorporate wellness into your every day activities.