Updated and reposted from January 2013
Check out Part 1 of the Pedometer Challenge Series here and find out how you can join in.
My kids and I are read Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder a while ago now. What we found so interesting about her family’s story is just how different life was during that time period. The Ingalls had to find, grow, prepare, and store their food. The father walked miles a day to set traps, hunt, chop wood, or to trade in town. The mother and girls gardened, churned butter, and hand washed clothes. They worked HARD and walked a LOT.
Today, we get stiff necks, headaches, and vision problems from sitting at a computer all day at work. We spend hours a day sitting in the front of the TV, behind a wheel, or on our hand-held devices. As a culture, we get fatter and fatter as we move less and less.
The human body just isn’t designed to be sedentary.
You’ve heard of the Blue Zones, right? These are the areas of the world where people live the longest and are the healthiest for the longest—places like Okanawa, Japan and the Aegean Island of Greece. Many studies and books have focused on the demographics of these people. Can you guess what they have in common? The #1 thing is frequently moving!
The world’s longest-lived people don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it. They grow gardens and don’t have mechanical conveniences for house and yard work. (source)
These people work hard and walk miles a day to the farmer’s market, to herd their sheep, to visit family, etc. They actually have nine features in common, if you’re interested in the other eight.
So, we are slapping on pedometers this month to train ourselves to move more. And by doing this we’re taking steps to care for the bodies we’ve been given.
Studies show that regular exercise–even something as simple as walking in short intervals throughout the day–helps us…
• Have more energy
• Sleep better at night
• Feel happier
• Fight chronic illness
• Feel more confident about our appearance
• Maintain our weight or lose weight (if needed)
• Reduce stress
• Strengthen bones and build muscle
• Have an increased libido 🙂
• Live longer and have a higher quality of life as we age
Are you ready to move more in 2014? Then…
• Grab a pedometer or two (in case one breaks). You can find them for $8-10 at Walmart or Target.
• Clip it on starting January 1 and wear it all day long every day in January (or whatever month you want)
• Write down your steps each day, so you can track your progress. I challenge you to at least 10,000 steps a day!
• Check back later in the week for lots and lots of ideas of ways to get more steps in.
This Pedometer Challenge is going to change your lifestyle if you can hang with it for even four week. Walking and moving more will become a habit. You can do this! You’ll be surprised at how easy it can be.
In case you missed the other parts in this series: