Graduating from college and entering into the “real” world is full of challenges. If you’re anything like me, you found your highly-walkable, active lifestyle gone in the time it took to udder the word cubicle. Being desk and car bound are two of the hardest issues I deal with being in the working world. I’ve always despised sitting still, but the health toll sedentary work takes on your body is what really worries me.
Whether we can help it or not, as whole we sit way too much. We’re beginning to see all sorts of innovations to combat our sitting problem – standing desks, walking meetings, etc. For me, I try to get up and walk around as much as possible throughout the day. I take the long way to the bathroom, fill up my water bottle at the farther cooler and walk to my coworkers desks to talk to them.
I think I do okay of moving around, but in an effort to get a better picture of how I’m really doing, I recently started tracking my steps with an activity tracker, FitBit Flex.
I was SHOCKED to see how little of an impact my efforts were making at work. On an average day, I could barely hit 4,000 steps which is less than half of the recommend 10,000. Now, on the weekends and days I workout, especially when I run, this number jumps up dramatically. However, I know an eight hour day coupled with a long commute isn’t doing me any favors.
In a perfect world, I’d work from my beach house, have no commute and take a yoga class on my lunch break. However, until that becomes a reality (a girl can
hope work really hard and make it happen, right?), I’ve been using my FitBit to motivate me to move around as much as possible. When I’m aware of my steps and activity level for the day, it’s harder to just sit around on the couch after work.
When it comes to health, I’ve always heard little changes add up to big results, so that’s the approach I’m taking currently. I park further away at stores, use running errands as a time to get more steps in and I even walk laps around the house when I’m low on steps. (My husband has a FitBit too, so sometimes this becomes a competition. I’m sure it’s a sight to see.) Heck, using an activity tracker even motivates me to get to the gym. More sweating equals more steps.
While using my FitBit has opened my eyes and got me moving more, you don’t need one to reap the benefits of being more active throughout the day. I think we tend to forget all the small amounts of movement we do throughout the day matter, it’s not just the time spent exercising or at the gym. So for me, that’s the take away. Get up and get moving no matter what, no matter where.
Do you use an activity tracker? If you’re considering one, would you like to know more about the features of FitBit (I can do a follow-up post)?
This post was in no way sponsored by FitBit. All opinions are my own and I just wanted to share this product with y’all.