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Want to take more steps in your daily life? Check out these tips that will help you to be fitter.
I am a fitness fanatic. I walk at least 10,000 steps every single day. Rain or shine, heat or snow I do not miss. Walking for health has become such a habit that I am totally addicted to it. I wasn’t always this dedicated. For years I knew that I needed to get more exercise, but I was inconsistent or I would be stopped by bad weather. Two years ago I was looking through our vacation photos and I was unhappy that I looked so frumpy. Less thrilling was my overall health. It was time to do something about it.
I dedicated myself to getting 60 minutes of exercise a day. I knew that I was going to be successful with my goal that I needed to do exercise that came easily to me. That meant walking and biking. Once I committed to this I started feeling and looking better.
Walking for Health
Last December I got a fitness tracker. I quickly realized that 60 minutes of exercise didn’t quite reach the recommended 10,000 steps per day. I really stepped up my game and my overall fitness level has drastically increased. Currently, I average over 13,000 steps and 88 active minutes per day.
My dedication has paid off and I am in the best shape of my adult life. I look good, I feel good, and I am full of energy! I’m very proud of my hard work.
I have inspired many friends and family to get moving. Some have stuck with it and have faced the same success that I have. Others have been challenged with time and distractions. Here are the tips I share with them for getting 10,000 steps per day.
Tips for Getting 10,000 Steps
Track Your Steps – You don’t need a fancy fitness tracker. There are many free apps on smartphones that will track your steps. You can also buy a regular pedometer for under $10. Once you start tracking you will get an idea of how many steps you do get and how much you need to increase your activity.
Break Up Your Steps – From my graph above, I calculated that I get approximately 150 steps per minute. That means I need 66 active minutes to reach 10,000 steps. I rarely exercise 60+ minutes in a row. There are days that I don’t have any solid blocks of time available, such as when we are traveling, so I will power walk for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. I will do a fast pace back and forth at rest areas, gas stations, or airports when traveling. Need a break from your desk? Get up and take a mini walk or walk up and down some stairs.
Get Steps While Waiting – I’m busy driving my kids to practice and appointments. That means that I have to wait. Instead of sitting, I walk. I will walk around the perimeter of a playground or practice field while my kids are playing.
Walk with Your Family – Spend time with your family and get fit together. This is easy and fun and has more benefits that physical health.
Increase your Fluids
In addition to stepping it up, I am very careful about what I eat and drink. I have upped my fluid intake. In the mornings, I will reach for V8® Veggie Blends. They are healthy beverage option for those looking to get their recommended daily intake of vegetables. One 8-ounce serving of V8® Veggie Blends to equal one serving of veggies. It’s veggies with the great taste of fruit. V8® has two new flavors of Veggie Blends: Caribbean Greens and Berry Bliss.
V8® Veggie Blends are delicious! They are 75% juice and 25% water. Each 8-ounce serving is 60 calories or less with no added sugar and no artificial colors, flavors or added preservatives. My favorite is the Caribbean Greens. They come in both 46-ounce and 12-ounce sizes and can be purchased at Walmart. Start your day off with V8® Veggie Blends.
V8® Veggie Blends are found in the juice aisle at Walmart. Click here to check out V8® Healthy Greens, which is another great V8® Veggie drink.
What are your tips for keeping fit and healthy? How do you get all your veggies?
posted 7 Nov 2016