When someone mentions fitness, a variety of things come to mind – the gym, group fitness, yoga, Pilates, runs in the park, and the list goes on. It’s almost overwhelming to think about all of the available fitness options. Most of these things require some sort of commitment or dedicated time period. However, there are ways to take steps towards enhancing your health that serve as the building blocks to even greater fitness goals. These are integrated movement goals. They fit into your current lifestyle and give your ego a boost because they’re measurable by a simple tool–the pedometer.
What does the pedometer do?
The step counter/pedometer is one of my preferred tracking tools. Right now, Androids and iPhones come with them already loaded in, but you can also download a free app if yours is not included. If you prefer something outside of your phone, you can either buy a pedometer (like a fitbit) or likely get one for free from a vendor at a street fair. They seem to be the go-to swag giveaway, besides pens and cups. Step counters give you a good gauge on your movement through the day, week, month, and year so you can establish points of reference and averages for where you can increase movement.
Who cares about steps?
I do and you should too. Movement is movement, whether you’re pedaling away in a SoulCycle class, or raving with your best friends. Believe me, there are few feelings that compare to stumbling in after a night of partying and checking your step counter. 35,000 steps! New Personal record! The steps correlate with the amount of calories you burned, so that late night in the Meatpacking District just turned into a workout!
Making the Best of It
Step counters aren’t only cool for counting steps, but they can inspire you to take on new step challenges every day. For example, if you don’t work on the 25th floor, you can add steps to your daily count by taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Or, if your destination requires public transportation, try getting off a stop before or after to add a few extra blocks to your walk. You can even skip to work in the morning if you don’t mind the stares. Finding new creative ways to add steps into your day, reflects a measurable increase in your daily movement. You might find yourself walking circles around your desk, just to meet daily goals.
Sometimes the best option is the simple one. On most days, I have the drive to bang out the most intense workout possible. But on some days, I just want to take a walk in the park, then look at my pedometer and know that I was still active for the day. Something is better than nothing, 20somethings, and stepping into your fitness goals often only require a few extra steps.