During pregnancy my motivation for all things fitness up and disappears.
Oh sure, initially I have these lofty ambitions to do it all. The day I find out I’m pregnant I routinely map out an intense, overly-enthusiastic workout regiment, complete with the perfect diet plan. I’ve got myself running a half marathon by the end of the 20th week. I’m doing push-ups and a billion squats. I’m eating nothing but salads and grilled chicken. I’m definitely not eating any sugar.
But then. Sigh.
The morning sickness hits. Hard. It always takes me by surprise. My energy levels dissolve to, that’s right, zero. Poptarts are the only “food item” (if we can call it that) that doesn’t make me puke. And all I want to do is nap.
And once that starts, well, it’s near impossible to jump back on the healthy bandwagon. Even
when IF I eventually start feeling better.
Not exactly on par with my Perfect Pregnancy Plan.
(Please tell me I’m not alone in this.)
So….after a lot of careful thought, consideration, and reading lots of reviews, I recently decided to purchase a new Fitbit. (Here’s the one I got) I desperately needed some active motivation over here.
I’ve owned my Fitbit for a couple of weeks now and I have discovered two very important things:
1. I am not nearly as naturally active as I was so sure of. (“Oh, it’ll be easy to get 10,000 steps per day. I’m sure I already get pretty close to that.”) Ahem.
2. Wow, my heart rate is super high right now! (I keep telling myself this is completely normal due to pregnancy, of course.)
Wearing my Fitbit definitely achieves its purpose of inspiring me to walk. It also does a great job of making me feel super lazy when I don’t consciously walk…but I guess that’s kind of the point, isn’t it?
Aside from the obvious of simply taking a walk, I’ve also learned a few tips to help me maximize my steps throughout the day.
1.Park as far away from the store as possible
I know this isn’t an original idea, but it definitely gets the job done.
While running errands park as far away from the entrance as possible. This equates to more forced walking, which apparently I need, and let me tell you those steps really do add up!
2. When putting away folded laundry, make individual trips between each set of clothes.
After I finish folding laundry, I need to put it away. (Duh.)
My kids usually put away their own laundry piles once it’s been folded, but if I’m still short of my step goal, I will brave the task. I have separate piles for each child’s clothes, bathroom towels, kitchen towels, etc. Instead of combining trips around the house to put the laundry away like I normally do, I’ll make individual trips between each set in order to get maximum stepage.
It does take longer, but I also end up having to walk more!
Whistle while you work. Walk while you wait.
While you’re waiting for pretty much anything – dinner’s cooking, you’re in line at Starbucks, picking up your kids from school, watching baseball practice – make a couple laps to get in some extra steps.
4. Move every time your kids do.
Since my kids never stop moving, if I moved when they did I would reach 10,000 steps before noon.
For example, my oldest son has a watch with a pedometer, which he likes to wear to school. When he first got this watch, I foolishly set his step goal at 10,000 steps, thinking that would be a doable amount. I mean, 10,000 steps is like 5 miles a day. I barely crest 5,000 when I don’t try. So I’m sure 10,000 is reasonable goal. Right?
Very funny, mom.
Every day right around 10 am I get a text notification that he’s already met his step goal for the day. 10 am, you guys. Like, in the morning. Yep, that child averages about 30,000 steps per day. Which means he’s walking (or running/jumping/skipping/wrestling/dive-bombing/Parkour-ing) roughly 15 miles per day.
So the moral of the story is… if I was half as active as my energetic child, I would reach my step goal without even thinking about it.
5. Have a dance party.
My boys love this. Actually if I’m honest, I do too. It’s really fun, and actually a great workout. Whenever the mood strikes we’ll crank up the music and jump and dance around the house.
6. Walk to the mailbox.
Our mailbox is parked halfway down our street, so if I make sure to walk, versus taking the lazy way out and driving up to the mailbox, I would easily get an extra 500 steps.
7. Clean house
I am always surprised how many extra steps I get when I clean the house. Dusting, vacuuming, cleaning each bathroom…it’s a workout!
8. If all else fails, make laps around your house at the end of the night.
Admittedly, I have been known to strike up a walking pattern around my house when its 9 pm and I realize I still have 2,000 steps to go.
But hey, it works, and I reach my goal every time!
Now I’m not saying you’ll reach Child Status and bust out 30,000 daily steps with only these suggestions…but you will be a lot closer to your 10,000.
And listen, if walking is all I’m able to manage this pregnancy, then by all means, to offset my Poptart consumption I’m doing every single one of these every day.
Hopefully a few of these ideas are new to you, and can help you get those extra steps you need to meet your goal for the day.
What are some things you do to reach 10,000 steps?
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