During my late 30s I discovered and fell in love with Pilates classes and created a well balanced weekly exercise routine that included one weekly class, a 20-minute bike ride, and 10000 steps daily. Then last year, I had the idea to up my exercise routine a bit, and made it my new year’s resolution. And I so wish I didn’t! The moment I thought about it, it became the beginning of a complete abandonment of my fitness regimen. All but one of two pilates classes bundles I bought last February have not been used! And while I managed to keep the same clothing size, I felt a big difference in my energy level and then my mood level (which is the worst!).
So this year I decided not to make anything drastic and to ease myself back into my old exercise routine and slowly build it up. So I started clocking in 10000 steps each day. Having no shortage of step counters, from an apple watch, a fit bit, and 3 good old steppers (remember those?!), my first day was an absolute failure, 250 steps. While I have a somewhat active lifestyle, from downtown court appearances to extensive travels, on the days I stay in my office or work from home, I have to have a proactive approach to clock in the necessary steps. So, besides parking far away or taking stairs, here are three proactive ways to clock in your daily steps, rain or shine:
1. Find a scenic spot near your home or office to make your walk enjoyable, so you can concentrate on breathing fresh air and clearing your mind.
2. Instead of scheduling a lunch date with a friend, meet her for a walk instead.
3. If short on time, make the outdoors your office. Take a conference call or take time to catch up with mom.
♡ Zuma Ayriyan