Make every step count
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Garmin through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about vívofit 2, all opinions are my own.
The red cup has made its seasonal debut, Christmas music is playing on the radio 24/7, holiday menus are being created.
The holiday season of 2015 is practically here.
With parties, houseguests and school programs, missing a workout is bound to happen. With all the festivities, making healthy choices isn’t always the easiest thing to do.
Staying active during the busy holiday season doesn’t have to be complicated and is actually easier than you might think. In fact, keeping it simple and convenient will set you up for success without missing out on the fun and joy of the season.
I will keep planning my weekly workouts as usual, but missing a workout or 2 won’t derail my fitness efforts.
All of this brings me to walking, more specifically, steps taken in a day.
I’m not an expert on walking or steps taken in a day for health and fitness so with a little Googling this is what I found out:
According to The Walking Site, Maybe you have heard the recent guidelines about walking 10,000 steps per day (also endorsed by the American Heart Association and the Center for Disease Control). How far is 10,000 steps anyway? The average person’s stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, and 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles.
A reasonable goal for most people is to increase average daily steps each week by 500 per day until you can easily average 10,000 per day.
I think I’m on to something here. Setting a daily steps goal will keep me moving.
Is it simple?
Yes, I’m out and about walking anyway and I’m not adding one more thing to my to-do lists. And having an actual step goal is a little extra motivation.
Is it convenient?
My only hesitation to my master plan was keeping track of my steps/fitness and I don’t wear fitness trackers or wearables. Honestly, I don’t want the hassle of keeping it charged on a regular basis. This is where I introduce you to the vívofit 2. I’m a huge fan of Garmin for GPS and running and when I heard Garmin was releasing a new activity tracker I really wasn’t interested. Then, and that’s a big then, I found out the vívofit 2 has a one year+ battery life. Seriously! It doesn’t get any more convenient than that.
Imagine, 1 year+ of battery life! It’s perfect for someone always on the move!
It’s the perfect solution, right? I’ve been wearing the vívofit 2 24/7 for about 2 weeks. No charging! Just sayin’. By tracking the steps I take within a certain time period and using the information from The Walking Site, I will set a daily step goal to keep me on the fitness track this holiday season.
I’ve been making note of all the ways I can conveniently increase my steps in a day. Some of these I already do, but just think how quickly the steps will add up by continuing to do what I normally do and adding extra steps whenever I can.
- enjoy evening walks
- park further out in the parking lot of stores
- skip the elevator and take the stairs
- walk to see the holiday lights in the neighborhood
- take the long way to the copier at work
- walk to run errands whenever I can
- walk the whole mall instead of going straight to specific stores
What else can I do?
I’m going to crush that step goal and then up it between now and January 1.
If tracking steps isn’t your thing, set a different goal to stay active during the busy holiday season. The vívofit 2 also tracks distance, calories, a personalized daily goal, and time. No charging needed. Seriously love that feature.
I’d love to chat:
How do you stay active during the holidays? Do you have any suggestions for ways to increase steps in a day? Did you know an activity tracker with a 1 year+ battery life was available?
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