I may be falling out of love with my heart rate monitor.
Just temporarily. I go through phases with it, like I do with everything else. And I need a new battery for my sensor that hooks to the chest strap, so there’s that. I’m quite certain I’ll still wear it at least twice this week!
BUT, in place of my Polar, I have been using something else to monitor my daily activity.
Not a fitbit. Not a Nike Fuel band. Something that is much more wedding budget friendly.
A good old fashioned pedometer!
Kyle actually did buy a fitbit recently, which he had saved up for. I’m hoping to have him write a review about it in the next few weeks. I got this pedometer (and a spare) from him, which he got from his company’s Global Corporate Challenge. But, I know a pedometer similar to this one ranges from $5-$15 at WalMart or other department stores.
If you are looking for a new way to motivate yourself to move more, a pedometer does wonders. Trust me!
Get yourself to move more with two easy steps!
1. Set yourself a step goal. Start by wearing a pedometer for a couple of days during normal activity. See how much you actually do move around during the day. Then set a goal that is reasonable for you to obtain. 20,000 steps would be outrageous for a person that has a desk job, unless you enjoy running every day! Then go for it.
- My goal is 12,000 steps a day.
2. Make time in your day to squeeze in extra activity. I get up and go for a walk through the halls of my building (or around the building outside if temperatures agree) every 30-60 minutes. Depending on my workload or how often I get up to walk, I’ll walk just 5-10 minutes, and usually get around 1000 steps each time. How else can you get more steps?
- Park your car in a different lot or location at work
- Use public transportation, you’ll get steps walking to different bus/train stops
- Get up a 15 minutes earlier to take a walk, bring your puppy with you, they will enjoy it!
- Add another 15 minute walk in the evening
- Stop using interoffice mail
- If you go out to lunch, choose to go somewhere within walking distance
- Need to catch up on your shows? Use your smartphone to watch TV while doing a walk on the treadmill. Netflix, ABC, NBC, HBO, and Showtime all have mobile apps!
- Make a rule that you can only use social media while you are walking!
I use my walks in the halls to check my Instagram and Twitter for the blog. It makes the time I spend at my desk a lot more productive.
I know that a lot of you will cram in a great calorie burning workout before or after work, and that’s awesome! But it’s important to try and move more throughout the day. If you want to learn a little bit about why sitting all day is bad for you, check out this post by Kat at Sneakers and Fingerpaints.
What ways to use to move more? How do you motivate yourself?