How can we get ahead in the winter when we feel lazy, tired, and maybe even a little depressed? You want to get active and do more exercise, but it’s too cold and too dark....a great way around this is to set a small goal.
One of the most popular ways of exercising throughout the day is counting your steps. I hear it all day long from patients: “I bought a fitbit because I want to count my steps”…or … “I’m in a challenge with my co-workers to see who gets the most steps in throughout a day.”
I used to chuckle because I thought it was just another distraction, until I realized, I too was finding it more and more difficult to fit in exercise and activity in the winter months. I bought a smart watch and low and behold, I found myself counting my steps and monitoring my daily progress, too!
I strive for 12,000 steps a day, this can translate anywhere from 8-10km. Thats a lot of mileage when you think about it...but its even better that we can do it without thinking about it. In my readings, I discovered a sedentary person is performing less than 7000 steps a day. This is my goal, to never be sedentary. Granted I have a physical occupation, but there are times when I have to do more to reach my goal.
Goals can be small and goals can be lofty, but I think the most important thing, whether it’s a goal, a deadline or reward....make it attainable, because failing shouldn’t be an option.