Last month, I started tracking my steps using the S Health app on my Galaxy S7. I didn’t expect a whole lot when I started. It’s just walking for Pete’s sake. But honestly, it’s more than that.
Before I actively strove to walk 6000 steps a day, I averaged about 3000 steps. Reaching the remaining 3000 steps often led to me walking around in circles in my apartment – night after night.
Walking around in circles got me thinking that I wish I used those steps to reorganize my office, mopping the floor, or walking outside. I had to take those steps anyway; I may as well put them to good use.
So the days that followed, I made every excuse to walk around. I noticed that the cup on my desk should go in the sink and the food wrapper should go in the garbage. I’d take the extra steps and discovered how few steps it takes to clean up after myself.
– Taking out the garbage, 100 steps.
– Putting my clothes in the hamper, 5 steps.
– Putting my clothes in the washing machine, 15 steps.
– Putting trash in the garbage instead of on the table or counter, 8 steps.
Why had I believed taking something to the kitchen was such a hassle? Seeing my bad habits in steps, gave me a whole new outlook on laziness. I never felt tired after walking 6000 steps a day. What was my excuse not to put my clothes in the hamper?
I didn’t even know I was being lazy. My apartment stayed pretty clean before and my relationships were pretty good but taking more steps has taken many aspects of my life to another level. It even helped me to spend more time with friends and family. My husband would ask me to go to the grocery store with him so that he could get a pack of beer and I thought, yeah, that’s at least 1000 steps. The alternative was to sit around and watch TV. What was better?
Why had I seen so many little things as a hassle before? Well, the short answer is comfort seeking.
When you think of comfort seeking, your immediate thoughts may go toward those big, bad habits, like overeating, alcoholism, and drug addiction, but comfort seeking seeps into many small areas of your life that seem unimportant.
Continuously taking the option that you perceive as more comfortable becomes a habit and senseless things get neglected as a result. The comfort you traded for a few steps can lead to more discomfort and lethargy.
Doesn’t it feel better to come home to a clean house? A clean house is inspiring at times – the fresh smell and the clear surfaces. It makes me feel good about trying something new. A clean space also helps me to stay focused, as there are fewer things to distract me.
It’s as if seeking comfort makes you less comfortable. Seriously, taking a few extra steps ain’t gonna hurt ya. It will pay off in health, relationships, and cleanliness.
I also learned just how disengaged I was from the world around me. When you spend a lot of time sitting down, you spend less time exploring the world around you. I began to go out on my own, take my dogs out to play, and to walk around, thinking. It made all types of interactions seem less daunting.
If you think you don’t have time for this, I understand. I’m a self-proclaimed creative. I hate adding things to my plate that could take me away from my craft. The 6000 steps have never interfered. If I was low on steps at the end of the day, I usually walked in place as I watched TV or walked in those stupid circles. It’s not hard to do, I promise.
Like me, you can use this challenge as a way to keep things from piling up. If things never pile up, it’ll never become a stinking mess that will someday take you out of your craft. If you ignore a mess, one day, you’ll have to address it. Start taking care of things as they happen. It helps you get your steps and helps you to keep things organized.
You know it’s a good idea to take the stairs to the second floor, so ditch the elevator. The elevator can take more or just as much time as taking the stairs. Why not use that time to get more active.
You also don’t have to spend five minutes driving around the parking lot for a spot right at the front of the grocery store. Take the spot further from the store and take the extra 20 seconds to help you reach 6000 steps.
There are so many reasons to take 6000 steps per day.
– It slows mental decline
– Improves sleep
– Helps with weight management
– Strengthens your heart
When you start taking 6000 steps a day, the thing you won’t feel is tired. Walking is pretty low intensity and has no prerequisites. You do it every day. All you have to do is walk a little more. And if you’re daunted by the idea of carving out time to walk, just find more reasons to walk around in your everyday life.
To get started all you need is
- A pedometer or app equivalent.
- Legs and feet or equivalent.
- Things to do.
Taking more steps helped me to…
- Be less lazy
- Get out more
- Become more engaged in my surroundings
- Stop things from piling up
- To stop seeking comfort
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