My company started a walking program to promote better health for their employees couple of weeks ago. So each person who registered received a water bottle and a pedometer. I don’t know if you already figured out, but I hate exercising and I’m not athletic at all. But when I found out about this initiative, I jumped into it since it’s just walking. How hard can it be? Well, walking is not hard, but walking 10,000 steps a day is hard for me. For the last 11 days, I’ve been averaging around 4,300 steps a day. I had some days that I walked slightly over 2,000 steps a day. I knew it, but this confirmed how much I don’t move.
Here are my
reasons excuses for not making my daily 10,000 steps quota.
1. I work in a cubicle 8 hours a day. My job requires me to sit in one place, so I blame my company for making me work sitting down and telling me to walk for better health, which I say doesn’t make sense.
2. I drive to work and everywhere else. I blame the city planning for making everything not walking distance.
3. The weather’s been weird. It’s Spring and there have been days that were super gorgeous, but other days were ugly with rain and greay clouds. So I blame the weather for not being beautiful consistently.
4. I try to wear my pedometer most of the time I’m awake and moving around, but I can’t wear it while in the shower and I’m sure some steps are not counted for. So I blame the pedometer for not being water proof and requiring a belt or a pocket to clip onto.
5. I’m just lazy. As much as I want to blame other things, I know the biggest reason is my laziness. It’s simple and difficult at the time.
However, keeping track of this makes me walk a little more than I normally would. For instance, I usually don’t get up to go to the fridge to get water if it’s not on the table already unless I really need water to wash it down. I’ll wait until I finish eating to put the plates in the sink and while I’m already by the fridge, I’ll get water to not get up twice. But now I remember that I need to walk more, so I get up twice and add more steps into my number. I know it’s not much, but I always say one step at a time, literally this time.
I think there’s a tie with this topic with personal finance. For a greater cause or goal, you have to work at it. Wishing won’t wash away your debt or bring a healthy amount of savings. Just like wishing won’t shave off extra pounds you want to lose or make you healthier. You have to delay gratification and work on it now to bring better result and reach your goal later. I’m not doing a real good job of it, but I’m working on working on it. haha~
What do you guys do to live a healthier life or if you haven’t started, what are you thinking about doing?