Over the Summer Holidays, I went to visit friends in Sydney. The whole family wear Fitbits, and I found that fascinating. I’ve always been a walker - barring that patch last year when I was mostly just a napper. And I’ve often known far I walk in a day, because the nerd in me likes to know that stuff.
But I’ve never tracked steps.
It works for my friends though - and for many people. Right now, as I work my way back to fitness from being really quite unwell, I am doing about 6000 steps a day. There is no way, as this article suggests, that I could go from nap-all-the-time to 18000 steps a day. Or even 10000.
Honestly, I had to start with walking around the block.
That article, while offering fairly balanced information, has a sensationalist tone and managed somehow to make me feel ashamed of my daily activity levels. I guess it gets eyes on paper. But you know? The good people at Fitbit have nailed it much better: do what works for you RIGHT NOW:
Fitbit starts everyone off with a 10,000-step goal, and here’s why: It adds up to about five miles each day for most people, which includes about 30 minutes of daily exercise—satisfying the CDC’s recommendation of at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Thing is, 10,000 steps per day might not make sense for you. You may need to nab more if you want to lose a certain amount of weight, or take fewer steps if you’re new to fitness or recovering from an injury. Your step goal can vary depending on your needs, and it can also shift over time.
I’ve talked about this a bit on instagram:
Do what works, not what’s perfect.
You don’t need to feel bad for taking a rest day, or for not liking traditional types of exercise.
You don’t need to feel bad for modifying your yoga practice.
You don’t need to feel bad about your body EVER.
Self-loathing isn’t a good basis for self-care. Self-acceptance, or working towards it, is much more useful.
How about we make this year about doing what works, and learning to listen to our bodies so we know what they want? Throw the ‘shoulds’ out the window.
Do what works. How about we make it the mantra for our year!
Image courtesy of Fitbit