The problem with working from home is that my office is literally five steps from my backdoor. When everything I want is within a few steps of my desk, it becomes pretty easy to just get set up and stay there. Or if I want a change of scenery, move to the couch with the laptop. It’s hardly the ideal way to get in any incidental exercise. Without specific intention, my activity levels are low. SUPER LOW. Like, less than 1,000 steps per day low.
Yeah, you read that right.
And 1,000 steps per day are NOT ENOUGH. Sure, my phone doesn’t count the Aqua classes I do. It doesn’t measure the trips when I don’t take the phone. But even being generous, it’s not enough. It’s like 10% of enough, IYKWIM?
Kel and I were talking about this the other night and how in a day he can do 6,000 – 7,000 steps as part of his average day (we’ve seen as high as 20,000 recorded in the past). That is what his phone has recorded. Standard. He has a pretty active job that has him outside pretty much all day. Being active isn’t something that he needs to worry about.
With mine hovering around 1,000 steps a day (shakes head) I knew it was time to make some changes. Yes working from home, for myself, doing the whole hustle thing makes it difficult. But also, not really, right? I have the freedom and flexibility to do whatever I want. And right now what I want is to be more active (shake out those cobwebs). Why not share my plans with you guys so that I have some accountability to the plan?
Here’s my plan to be more active!
Get a Tracker/Smart Watch
If I want accuracy, this is the only way. We say it time and time again on this blog; you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you are! So. I’m going to figure out exactly where I am. I’ve ordered Kel and I smartwatches to track ALL the things. He wants to look more into how he’s sleeping (there’s an app for that) and I want to dig in and get more steps in my day. Come next week, we’ll know where we are, and the only way is up from there.
Use the reminders
I’m going to set up all the reminders that that smartwatch has to offer. Reminders to stand, move, sleep and drink (water, I promise). There is nothing in my life that I do that doesn’t require some kind of reminder, I’m not sure why I haven’t thought to incorporate reminders into being more active. Focus is a beautiful (in my case often fleeting) thing, but being at my desk in a head down, bum up mode for literally hours upon hours isn’t good for me. I’m going to remind myself to care more until it becomes just another part of my day.
Take more classes
At the moment I might get to one, maybe two Aqua classes a week (worse of the Christmas break). I plan to go on days with back-to-back classes and do two classes for one trip to the pool. When Desiree and I started going together last year, we got into a real groove with things. It’s time to shake off the post-holiday slump and get back into them.
Go out more
When I need a change of scenery, I’m going to go out more. Find a place nearby I can walk to or drive to a park or cafe. Anything to get in some more steps that aren’t inside my house. And yes, some days this won’t be possible. But I live on a quarter-acre block, walking to the back fence and back would work too. Heading into the small wooded area behind my house could be a picturesque change of scene.
For years now I have deliberately purchased (or built) standing desks. I know the impacts of sitting especially for the timeframes I’m in my office. But I’ve always copped out of doing any real length of time standing by using stools or drafting chairs to sit at the standing desk. Tricky, right? Moving forward, I’m going to commit to standing half of the time I spend at my desk every day. It might take me time to work up to that but, that’s okay with me. Progress is what I’m looking for here.
And that’s it, team, my plan for turning around this stationary lifestyle I’ve carved out for myself. Does it sound like something that you could benefit from? Join me. Find a few key ways that you KNOW you can improve how much activity you get in your day. It’s not about being perfect, its about making a change towards something that matters.
Hi! I’m Melissa Walker Horn. Around here, they call me Suger. I’m the Chief Blogger and doer of all the things here at Suger Coat It. Blogging since 1901; I love a casual ootd, taking photos, and writing about things that irk or inspire me. I love wine and cheese, long days at the beach and spending time with my family. I make stuff for the internet over at Chalkboard Digital. You know, living the sweet life.