Huge thanks to those ‘steppers’ who sent us stories and photos of their GO step for Gynae challenge. Here we share a few of their highlights…
A week down and wanted to let you know that so far I have ROMPED in the 10,000 steps! Apart from one day when I paced the house at 10pm to reach target….. But pace I did and so I remain on track.
Today will be a challenge because I am only on 4388 steps and as you can see by the photo, it’s a rainy day. Will I let the rain thwart my efforts? Will a little bit of wetness dampen my spirits? I think NOT! Looks like a bit more pacing is in order.
Well, the stepping has continued and I am very pleased and proud to say that so far I have exceeded the 10,000 steps a day EVERY DAY!
Some days have been trickier than others, specifically the rainy day I wrote about last time. I drove my kids nuts walking up and down the very limited space in our holiday place and I was very tempted to throw my nasty pedometer at the wall. However I did not and the next day the pedometer accidentally fell in the toilet so it got what it deserved after all. I did clean it before putting it back on…..really.
Here is a very attractive action shot of me walking. Note the cutting edge walking gear I am wearing, note the absolute coolness of my ensemble.
I must give a special mention to Sharon Green for spreading the word and inviting me to join the Team Action Jackson!! It has made me realise how inactive I previously was sitting at my desk all day! Prior to starting, I was averaging around 2500 steps per day if I didn’t go to the gym!!!
- Going for a 15-20min walk in the morning.
- Taking another 10min walk in the afternoon instead of just drinking my tea at my desk.
- Heading to the gym after work.
- Going to the bathroom upstairs rather than the one that is closest to my desk.
- Skipping towards 10,000 steps
I achieve 65% of mine by walking to get my morning coffee, with my dog Latte. She gets her daily walk; I get my daily coffee and a good dose of exercise. Other tips are:
- Put it in your calendar! By blocking off 45 minutes a day for your daily walk and placing an alert on the event, you are more likely to do it.
- Parking a little further than you would like at the shopping centre and walk the rest of the way, also a great way to avoid parking rage!
- Join a walking school bus and walk with your children to school. http://www.travelsmart.gov.au/schools/pubs/guide.pdf
- Ask work friends to join you and walk the steps together, if you have a morning tea break at work, walk for 15 minutes, (put your timer/stop watch on your phone walk out for 7.5minutes, and then walk back) ; promote healthy working environment.
- Use the stairs at work, yeah we all know that however great energy burst and clears the head.
- Stand at your work station (if possible), also have your files in another room walking to them.
- Instead of catching up with friends for coffee, organise a walking catch-up. Meet at a park or great walking track where you can walk and chat, or instead of driving to the café, walk there. Contact your local council for walking tracks in your area. If your council does not have any, find a great area that does. And then have some words with your council.
Although I am not in Australia to get my pedometer yet, Rob and I are doing our bit towards 10,000 steps a day. Here we are climbing up Sigiriya Rock, remains of an ancient rock fortress and palace in Sri Lanka.