Not long ago, I purchased a pedometer to get an idea of how many steps I take during the course of a day.
It was pretty eye-opening.
There are some studies out that show how many steps the average person takes in a day and then how many an active person takes.
Some Japanese doctors stated that if you're trying to lose weight, you should take somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 steps, which is around 5 miles a day.
If you work an office job like I do, it's probably very hard to pull that off.
You're sitting at your desk for most of the day and, depending on the nature of your job, you may not have very many opportunities to go outside and walk or to take breaks where you can get out and move.
Fortunately, I do have multiple locations where I can get in some exercise during the course of the day while I carry out some of my work tasks.
Even if you don't have that luxury, taking the stairs when possible or walking up and down the hall can mean a lot.
You may not be able to get up to 10,000 steps in a day, but if you normally take 3,500 steps and a few changes bump you up to 5,500 steps, it is worth it.
Getting up from your desk every half-hour or hour and walking down the hall or stairs and back is a good practice to develop.
It's not about taking gigantic steps to be healthy and active, it's about the small steps.
Whenever I look at my pedometer and I only see a few thousand steps, it is encouragment for me to get up and add to the number.
Sitting too long may not make much of a difference to us in young age, but by the time we are nearing retirement, we may not be able to do some of the things we thought we would be able to do at that point in life.
Don't just sit there! Get up and move and enjoy the benefits of a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Question: What are some ways that you get exercise in during the day?