I already knew that I spend way too much of my waking hours on my backside. Now I can prove it! I was the grand prize winner in our healthy workplace challenge today. The prize - a super duper deluxe pedometer.
I immediately clipped it onto my waist band and starting pacing the aisle outside my cube - and was delighted to see the number rolling up. As someone who is goal oriented - the idea of measuring results is very appealing to me.
I found myself checking it after every stroll to the washroom, trip to the coffee maker and the photocopier. I even opted for a trip to the gym at lunch - just so that I could make the number climb.
After a full day of trying to move my body more -- I hit just under 6,000 steps. I checked the chart and sighed with relief. I am a notch above sedentary - low active.
Here's how the number of steps pan out ...
- 5,000-7,499 steps a day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and is considered "low active." that hurts
- 7,500-9,999 likely includes some exercise or walking (and/or a job that requires more walking) and is considered "somewhat active."
- 10,000 steps/day is a daily goal and indicates you are "active".
- Individuals who take more than 12,500 steps/day are likely to be classified as "highly active".
So - forward march!