One of the ways I am doing that is by wearing the Garmin vivofit and tracking my steps. The device sets a goal for me each day - but I still have a personal goal of 10K steps per day. Garmin, right now, hasn't surpassed 9K for my daily goal. The device starts out giving you a goal of 7500. It then makes adjustments based on your activity. The first week, I well surpassed each goal it gave me. But this past week has been more of a struggle.
Here are some of the ways that I am getting in more steps at work:
Use the hallway!
We have this great hallway - I have to walk down it to get to the bathroom. If I plan it right, I can make my trip to the bathroom go around kind of loopy so I can do a few laps in the hallway. The Garmin also notifies me when I haven't been active in an hour - sitting too long! This hallway is a great place to pace up and down so I can get a few hundred steps in. I also find that if I'm feeling tired or over-full or whatever, some hallway laps can really help perk me up.
Use the walking trail!
I am very fortunate to have a great walking trail outside my office building. It's a perk that not everyone has. I very much enjoyed this outdoor space over the summer and into the fall and am very eager for all the cold weather to be GONE so I can use this path more often! It winds around the ponds and the area from the path to the water is filled with wild grass and flowers.
Take the stairs!
I have to admit that I'm not so great at going UP the stairs but I am doing better about consistently going DOWN the stairs. The challenge, sometimes, is the shoes I wear. But most of the time, I choose to take the stairs. Someday, once I drop a few pounds, I'll be including the stairs as part of my hallway lap and it will all make a nice cool down from walking on that outdoor trail!
Syncing up my Garmin to the Connect app really helps motivate me. I like seeing the bar go green when I surpass the goal for the day. I like seeing when I've been more active. The below shows a lunchtime walk and also an evening home workout.
For right now, I'm hoping to find an accountability partner. If I have someone that I need to check in on and someone that I know is going to be checking on me, I might find myself more motivated to get to my goal before check in time happens.
How do YOU get extra activity into your day?