Yesterday I explored all the many reasons I have been motivated to walk. Please read it if you haven’t already! Essentially, 10,000 is the magic number of steps needed to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and keep your weight in check. Walking has a number of other health benefits as well, including emotional and spiritual health. Plus if you walk instead of driving or taking public transportation, you will reduce the amount of non-renewable energy used and CO2 produced. And lastly, when you walk you tend to become a more active part of your community.
Do read more here if you need more motivation!
So here we go…
The 10,000 Steps Challenge
I am ready to make my pledge to you to work toward walking 10,000 steps every day. Will you join me?
Don’t worry, this is not an all or nothing pledge, it’s a pledge to work toward 10,000 steps. When you sign up for this challenge, you absolutely do not have to walk 10,000 steps tomorrow. But you do have to actively work toward it. Start walking 1,000 steps. Or even 100. Then every week add more. Even if you can’t do it every day, start doing it as often as you can. And then work on doing it a little more every week.
Break Down Those Barriers!
The first step for you may be to address the barriers that keep you from walking. Is there a voice say inside your head, giving loads of excuses why you can’t join this challenge? Or why 10,000 steps just is not possible for you? Ok. Pay attention to that voice. Now – break down those barriers!!
For instance, are you saying “I don’t have any walking shoes”? Ok, go buy some. “I can’t afford them.” Get some on sale or at a thrift store, borrow some from a friend, or go into your closet and take another look – maybe you can make do with what you have. “I still don’t have any shoes.” Ok truthfully, do you need new shoes? Just use the most comfortable shoes you have and get on with it! That’s what I do. : )
“I don’t have time.” Guess what? Walking can add years to your life – that is years longer to spend with your grandchildren. And walking can make you feel better, age more gracefully, and be able to do more active things. And it helps contribute positively to the planet you’ll be leaving behind for your kids. “But I just don’t have time.” So, work on finding the time. Rearrange your schedule so that you can do it. You might find that when you add the time to get in the car, drive to your destination, park, and walk up to the spot – versus the time it takes to walk there… it’s nearly the same amount of time. Plus, you can multi-task – listen to podcasts, books on tape, or music. Or make all those phone calls you always put off.
Find solutions rather than continue to offer excuses. It’s that important. Break down those barriers – for your sanity, your health, your community, and your environment.
Please be safe, everyone! Some little things to remember…
Bring water with you, and make sure you stay hydrated. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. If you aren’t very active, work yourself up to an hour a day – don’t try to do too much all at once. Walk slowly during the first 5 minutes of your walks, to warm up your muscles. Walk in safe locations. Of course, but make sure you do! I always bring my phone just in case – so far I’ve only used it to report a traffic accident, but that is worthwhile. And do protect yourself from the sun with a hat and/or sunscreen.
Please spread the word about this challenge, and use one of the following doodads to remind you, too. You can post it on your blog, or if you don’t have a blog, you can post it on your fridge (if you click an image, it will take you to a bigger size)!
I don’t know about you, but there is certainly extra motivation for me, knowing that I have to tell you all how I’m doing with my 10,000 steps. Remember – this is not a competition. We are all living differently, with different barriers. At the same time, we can all learn from one another and help motivate one another. That is what community is all about!!
So I’ll post check ins here. And if you’re antsy and would like to check in between postings, you can always visit this post and check in below, in the comments.
When you sign up below in the comments, please let us all know two things: 1. when you will start and 2. how you will begin working toward 10,000 steps. And remember, you don’t have to have a blog to join – just sign your name if you don’t have one.
Next Monday, I will walk to my new office, to the p-patch, and back home every weekday. For my sanity, for my health, for my community, and for my environment. This challenge is my extra motivation. You all are my witnesses. You’ll be keeping me on track!
Let’s Walk Together – Who’s Walking With Me?!