During the month of August I was delighted to work with the Mamavation team testing out the Omron TriAxis Pedometer. If you don't know, one of my passions in life is to inspire (did you also know that inspire means to "breathe life"?) people to get up off the couch or from behind the desk and move! As an endurance athlete I love to sweat. Like a lot. I crave those endorphins regardless if I'm training for a race or not. Moving my body gives me life. And it can give you life too!
As our society has evolved we've gone from traditional manual labor to desks. Our bodies weren't designed to sit for long periods of time- they were made to move! We currently live in a world where the average American only gets about 5k steps per day day instead of the minimum 10,000 steps per day! That is shameful! We go from our home to the garage to the yet another garage at work to an elevator to sit at the desk all day. And then repeat that cycle at night.
But life doesn't have to be lived that way! You can ride a bicycle to work, run to work, walk to public transportation, or even walk to work. (Leave clothes at the office to change into when you get there.) If you do have to drive to work park far away. Take the stairs. During the work day set a timer to get up on the hour every hour and go outside for a 10 minute walk. Talking on the phone? Walk and talk! Have running meetings! Drink water from a reusable water bottle all day long (getting up to go to the restroom is a good thing!) There are plenty of ways to get creative with being active during the day!
What are some the benefits of walking and being active?
- Increased energy
- Restful sleep
- Good attitude
- Disease prevention
- Overall fitness
I really enjoyed using the Omron Pedometer. Being a naturally active person it was nice to see that I was active as I thought I was! Being an ultrarunner I knew I was getting the daily quota of steps so it was nice to see that confirmed :) I also liked the fact I could just hit the button during the middle of the day and it would tell me how many steps I had- I didn't have to check an app for it. I would highly recommend getting one of these to track your steps. You might think you are getting the daily number but you might not!
Final tally? July 31, 2013 - August 27, 2013 I had 555794 steps/263 miles.
How many steps do you take on a daily basis?
photo credit: karenmeyere