What’s the big deal about counting steps? Humans wear these things and talk about how many steps they have and how they don’t have enough or they have too many. Why? Because of mom’s heart attack, she finally got herself a FitBit. It lasted five months and that was it. She hates the thing and finds it useless. Nevertheless, everyone talks about steps and right now even the radio people are looking for tips to get more steps.
Mom averaged about 25,000 steps most days she wore the FitBit. 10,000 were by 8 am and the rest over the course of the day. It is a normal day for her and for us but we really don’t need the FitBit to tell Mom or us we are doing a lot of steps. The heart rate monitor wasn’t much help for Mom either and she hated all the vibrating that went on with the FitBit for goals, etc. So, since so many humans are dying to get in more steps, what can they do?
Get a dog, or two or four. Mom runs five mornings a week, rotating us dogs as her running partners. Get up early, run three or four miles and you have your workout done. Nothing is going to get in your way in the early morning and by dinner, you won’t even remember running! Mom follows her run with a three mile walk but we know, she tends to be extreme. She loves working out, but not everyone does. Get up early and take a long walk if you are not a runner type. Walking is good exercise too.
If you have a puppy in your house, remember not to run with him until he is at least a year old, and only take short walks. The growth plates are not closed and too much walking or taking runs can damage the joints.
During the day, don’t just sit around. Drink lots of water which is good for you and will cause you to use the restroom. Mom always goes upstairs to use the restroom to get in more exercise. It is an easy way to add steps.
Don’t use elevators unless you have to, and maybe use the copier on a floor above or below your office to get in some more steps if you have that option.
If you look around and think about it, getting more steps really isn’t all that hard. Walk whenever you can, and walk a bit farther than planned. Counting steps will be more fun as you get more fit and learn to walk more.
We are thankful we get lots of working out at our house and we pets never have to wear a FitBit. Mom is selling hers as she is over it! If only they had a blood pressure measuring device in the form of a FitBit. That might be worth wearing but the other one, not so much our thing here.
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