Fit(bit) and healthy

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My frantic pacing in erratic circles around my living room could easily be mistaken for something of a mental breakdown. I am not really helping things by swinging my arms rapidly, counting with silently with my lips and really emphasising each step as my feet hit the floor.

But never fear; I still have my wits about me (to some extent). Although considering I agreed to take part in a 10,000 steps challenge that could be questioned.

For the month of October I have to complete at least 10,000 steps each and every day. Now some of my more active readers might be thinking “what’s the big deal Joni, it’s only 10,000 steps…” To you I say (in a rather dramatic, and increasingly loud, voice) “only 10,000 steps…..ONLY 10,000 STEPS!”

Let’s get this straight – 10,000 steps is a lot. It is also the World Health Organisation’s recommend number of steps we should be taking every single day. Like other random facts that clog up my brain I was aware of this magic number, but I didn’t realise how much of a fantasy it was until I clipped on my Fitbit and got to walking.

The somewhat harsh reality is that while I go on regular walks I am not getting nearly enough incidental exercise. I ride a lift up to my office because there is no stairs option; my apartment is so small that I can get from one side to the other in about 25 steps; I really struggle on work days to make my goal because so much of my day is spent in front of a computer screen.

This challenge has been a real eye opener for me and has pushed me not only to walk more often but also to be more active where I can (hence the whole walking-in-circles-in-my-apartment-in-a-desperate-bid-to-increase-my-steps thing).

My little Fitbit One keeps track of my every move and motivates me to keep it up. I love that guy. He is so cheery with his personalised welcome messages (“Rock on, Joni”), his flower icon that grows the more steps you do and the awesome fact that he syncs up to my phone so I can easily track my steps walked, kilometres covered, stairs climbed, minutes active and calories burnt. He also sits snugly on my bra so you just know he is discreet!

But enough about me; I’d love to know what motivates you to exercise and how you track your achievements.

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