Wellness Challenge: 10K Steps A Day
I’m sure we’ve all heard it before, but according to research, sitting is terrible for you.
And, furthermore, ‘no amount of physical activity is enough to combat the dangerous health effects of sitting.’
The effects of ‘too much sitting’ are:
- weight gain from lower energy expenditure and a slower metabolism
- poor posture which can result in muscle and spine injuries, as well as chronic pain
- poor brain function from a decrease in blood and oxygen flow, leading to brain fog and anxiety
- muscle degeneration
- varicose and spider veins, especially if you cross your legs
- weak bones
- eye strain, if you’re working on your computer for hours on end
As someone who works in a predominantly sitting field, this information is kind of scary af. I personally have seen the negative effects of sitting, including migraine pain from tense muscles and early signs of varicose veins, which unfortunately have both been exacerbated by the inflammation that PCOS causes throughout my body.
If I spend the entire day at my desk, everything hurts, I have a migraine that feels like my brain has exploded, and I feel so unbelievably grouchy. PCOS makes everything worse, and so a normal persons amount of exhaustion and stress becomes tenfold within the bodies of those who deal with this endocrine disorder.
I’ve been following a few fellow PCOS sufferers online, and most (if not all) of them who are able to successfully manage their symptoms are regular walkers.
I used to love walking and running. I would head outside every afternoon without fail and run until it hurt to breathe, walk it off, and keep on running. I was in the best shape of my life and my head felt really clear, and then I just stopped.
Like most things in life, once you lose momentum, it’s really hard to pick it back up again.
Harry bought me this gorgeous rose gold + lavender Fitbit Charge last year to hopefully inspire me to get back out there and hit the pavement, but it unfortunately didn’t work, and I think the reason for that is my head just wasn’t in the game.
Well, I’m back and way more motivated than ever! I’m planning on walking twice a day – once in the morning and once in the afternoon, each for about twenty minutes, and then setting an alarm on my phone for every hour to get up, walk downstairs and grab a glass of water (at least I’ll be hydrated)!
The recommended amount of steps a day is ten thousand, so that’s where I’m going to start, but hopefully I’ll be able to increase that by one or two thousand in the new year! I’ve been doing a bit more walking than normal this month, and above all, my mind just feels clearer, and I feel like I get way more hours out of my day.
Other quick + easy ways to get more steps in your day are:
- using the stairs instead of the elevator
- parking further away from your destination and walking the rest of the way
- walking instead of driving, where possible
- pacing while doing chores (does anyone else do this? I like to walk around my house while I brush my teeth and fold laundry)
- cleaning the house (I have to vaccuum most days because we have cats and I’m a clean freak, but it’s a great excuse to get some more movement in)!
Will you join me in this wellness challenge to walk/move more? You don’t need a fancy tracker, either. There’s a bunch of apps you can download for your smartphone that track steps, distance, etc.
Let me know if you’ll be joining me, and if you have a Fitbit make sure to send me a DM with your email – I’ll add you on the app and we can be pals!
Good luck everyone! Let’s report back at the end of the month and see how we’ve gone, yeah?
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