Count Those Steps!


How active have you been today? What about this week? Do you have an easy way to measure your activity, or to track how active you’ve been today compared to yesterday, or even last week?

When exercise and physical activity are abstract concepts, it is not so easy to keep track of what you are doing. Keeping track of how much time you spend being active is a great start, but as you start exercising regularly you want to also measure your effort. Also, there are plenty of ways to incorporate activity into your day outside of your regular trip to the gym. So, how are you measuring your success in those areas?

Counting your steps is a great solution to this problem.

It’s as Easy as 1,2,3!

Counting your steps is easy to do. To start, get one of those fancy fitness watches (some of which are actually quite inexpensive now), or download a pedometer app onto your smartphone and start tracking how many steps you are doing in a day. The goal is to get up to 10,000 steps a day, but you can even start a bit lower than that—maybe 5,000 or 7,500 steps. To get these steps you’ll have to take a few extra laps around the office when it is time to make copies, or you might have to part at the back of the parking lot when running your evening errands. Maybe even take the dog for a quick walk around the block instead of letting Fido out in the yard.

Here are a few tips to help you increase your step count:

  • Find a few friends or coworkers who are also interested in increasing their daily activity, and start a step count competition. There are great apps available to help you track your steps in a friendly competition.
  • Try increasing your activity early in the day to boost your steps. Don’t wait until the evening when you are tired.
  • Don’t give up on your step count. Consider every day its own challenge and push yourself to move a little farther if you haven’t reached your goal yet.

As you start reaching your goal regularly, try increasing it up to 12,000 or 15,000. You can do this in addition to your dedicated workout trips to the gym to naturally increase how active you are. Becoming more active in this way is a great way to improve your health as you make healthy lifestyle changes after weight loss surgery.