Flower Patch ©EnzieShahmiri
We women often put our own needs on the back burner to cater to everybody's needs except our own. This also means that unless we actually schedule some well deserved "Love me time" into our busy and often rather hectic schedules, we will never do the things necessary to stay healthy and fit.
For those new to the blog - I have been sharing my attempt at finally taking better care of myself by following the Selvera weight managament program and sticking to normal studio/business hours. No more work on the weekends and late into the night for moi - I need my life back!
Anyhow, as part of the weight management program I also was told by my wonderful dietician that I need to get at least four 30 min walk scheduled per week. I don't like walking, because there I always feel in the back of my mind that I could do a load of laundry, vacuum, answer some more emails, do this or that - you get the idea!
But in order to be healthy the body needs to move, so I have been putting on my walking shows - funny for someone who does not like sports - I have several exercise shoes :)
Walking 10,000 steps is the approximate equivalent of walking 5 miles. The distance covered depends on the length of your stride.
I hear your argument - I work enough around the house - up and down the stairs with laundry basket in toe is enough of a workout. Yup - my argument also, but apparantly moving around the house gets you somewhere around 3,000 steps, which is a far cry from what is recommended for daily exercise. Now that I have the Withings pedometer, I was shocked to see how little I actually moved the first couple of days. Each 2,000 to 2,500 steps is about equal to having walked a mile, which translates into burning about 80 calories. The faster and the more you can walk will increase the calorie burn.
So this week I have been huffing and puffing up and down the hills of my neighborhood. I kept a very close watch at my Withings pedometer to see how far I can go before passing out. Today I received an email from Withings the pedometer people - saying: "Getting to a goal of 10,000 steps it is always difficult to make time to devote I made it! I unlocked the Good day badge with @Withings! #TakeYourPulse http://bit.ly/1puXAI2 " - I was super thrilled, it helps greatly when someone cheers you on! It does not help when super fit hubby joins you on the walk and keeps talking and asking questions, while you try to fill your lungs with air and are looking for any branch to grab along the way to pull you up that impossibly steep hill!
My dietician told me that it takes about one year for us to break old habits and take on new ones. This means that there will be many times, when you want to throw in the towel and give up. That's why I think joining support groups might not be a bad idea. It can be a walking buddy (who does not talk much - or at least does not ask 10,000 questions), or a group that does mall walks or easy hikes. I found Meet Ups and through them a group of people who get together and do all sorts of fun activities. I suggest you find a group that is close to where you live, so you won't find excuses, why you could not go. Tomorrow I will meet a group of ladies at a local park and all we will do is exercise for 30 min. A great way to get your exercise in and get to know a few people who can motivate you to keep going. I also believe in rewarding myself for hitting goals. Buy yourself a nice work out outfit - when it is pretty enough you want to wear it, which means you will be hitting the streets strutting yet one more day!