I don’t talk about my job much here on the blog, but in a nutshell I work in a house where 4 men with mental illness (bipolar, schizophrenia, etc) live. The purpose of my job is to be a support for them and teach them the skills they need to eventually live on their own. Sometimes I am super busy with appointments, grocery shopping, and being an errand girl. Most of the time though, my job involves a lot of sitting.
A LOT! Sitting watching TV, sitting reading a book, sitting playing cards, sitting just because there isn’t a dang thing to do because everyone is sleeping.
I honestly probably sit an average of 5 hours a day at work, more on boring days, less on more exciting ones. It’s horrible for me and I definitely notice my back bugging me on the days I’m sitting too much.
The thing is though, I don’t have the motivation to get moving. It is much more easy to just sit and not move, but we all know that doing so is not good for the body. So, I got something to motivate me to move my butt!
I’m totally motivated by goals that I set for myself and numbers. It is why I love my ActiveLink. Seeing those lights light up totally gets me going. Lol. I figured since that encourages to me to move more, then a pedometer should do the same!
I picked this one up at Target for about $15. I picked this one up because it also counts mileage, which will be interesting to see what all my walking adds up to. I’m not too worried about calories since this will just be everyday walking and not exactly walking as an activity.
This one also lets you set a daily goal to reach. You can do anywhere from 1,000 to 99,000 steps as your goal. I set mine on the low side this week since I’m just getting started and think that the goal I set will be a huge improvement from what I was doing. I plan on increasing it as the weeks go by, but for now we will see what this goal brings!
It will be interesting to see what it takes for me to hit this goal. I know that I will have to move much more than I have been at work. It will probably mean that I’ll be pacing the living room to get my steps in and my clients will probably wonder if I shouldn’t be living in one of their houses too. But, I’m all about living a healthy lifestyle and inspiring those around me, so maybe I’ll inspire them to move more. Probably not, but a girl can dream, right? (I’m still trying to convince a client that corn dogs are NOT a form of vegetable…lol) I do know that one of my clients enjoys going for walks, so maybe I can get him to go on a few with me. We shall see!
I’m excited to work towards this step goal and increasing it. Who knows, maybe I’ll be one of those ‘crazy’ people who aim for 10,000 a day! (Ya’ll rock!)
What about you? Do you make an effort to move more at work?
Are you motivated by fitness tools? If so, what’s your fave?