If you are a die hard Fitbit Fan like me you know that Fitbit is making a big push to get you active throughout the day rather than just 1 scheduled chunk of exercise. Why is this? Having long periods of little to no activity is insanely bad for your back, posture, metabolism, cardiac and overall health. Besides getting that 250 steps an an hours (from 9-5) gets you to 2000 steps by the end of the workday, even if that is all you are doing. So whether you already have an exercise routine or not, adding the 250 steps an hour goal to your day will benefit your overall health.
Okay, cool you say. That sounds like a good goal but I work at a desk all day. In a newsletter we talked about getting extra steps by choosing a restroom further away or grabbing supplies for coworkers etc. But what if this is not a feasible option for you? Maybe you don't have coworkers or a different restroom...or you are doing the other things and just are not getting those 250 steps an hours. What is it going to take to get you to this mark?
This is a personal goal of mine and I am trying really hard to get there at least 75% of the time. So I tested running in place by my desk to see how many steps I can get in. Let me just say, I am not a runner. I have asthma and I power walk. I am working on getting in shape but am so so not there yet. But I can run for a min or 2. So in my test running in place I can do 105 steps in a min and with my new Fitbit Charge HR 2 that puts my heart rate into "Fat Burning" mode for several minutes.
So with my other steps walking around the office and 1-2 times of "1 min runs" per hour by my desk I can easily get to my goal of 250 steps an hour. If you work in an office and don't want to look crazy you could do this in the bathroom or a storage area but that is up to you. Anyway with this little tweak I believe I will be hitting this goal a lot more often.
Hope this sharing this is helpful to a few of you out there. I am not advising you to do this but rather just sharing what is working for me. If you have concerns about you ability to safely do this seek medical advice before trying it yourself. Have a fabulous day and good luck hitting YOUR health goals this week!!
-Amanda- The Step Counter
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