Livliga

Live Healthy | Live Vibrant

Friday, February 28, 2014

How to Sneak in Easy Steps in Your Day


Sneaking Extra Steps in at the Grocery Store (photo by LivligaHome)
In order to keep the blood flowing, stay fit and lose weight we have to move. We have to burn more calories in the day than we take in when we eat if we want to contemplate losing weight. And, quite frankly, I love food too much to give all of it up. I'd rather move a little more.

The challenge is we lead really busy lives so it is hard to fit in an hour work out at the gym each day. It is possible to sneak in easy additional steps into our day. For me it has become a contest to see where and when I can sneak in extra steps. It is actually pretty fun. It is like I am on a clandestine mission to find steps!

I am a fitbit user so I am rewarded with seeing my steps rise as I find ways to sneak in a few more strides in my day. I really recommend you use some sort of tracker to help you count and watch your steps accumulate during the day. It is way more satisfying AND motivating to see what you have accomplished in how far you have moved, step by step, during the day. It can also help remind us if we haven't met our base goal for the day at a certain point. We need to get up and move.

Everybody has to go to the grocery store. At the grocery store I find I can fit in a lot more steps. Most recommendations for adding movement include walking around the periphery of the grocery store an extra lap. This is certainly something to add steps, especially if it is a cold or rainy day outside and you have a little extra time to do it.

My new trick to sneak in easy steps at the grocery store is to leave my cart in one place as I go pick out my items to buy. This is particularly true in the produce area. I set my cart in one place, usually at an end and then go get each item of produce I need, coming back each time I have a bag full of vegetables or fruit. You avoid the hassle of manuevering the cart around people and you don't have to keep moving it around to get it out of people's way. The best is by keeping it in one place you can sneak in those extra steps without seeming to add time. Leaving your cart at one end of an aisle also works. I actually find it easy. And the trips to the grocery store are now a little more fun. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!