This fit check is a good news/bad news kind of thing. My friend gave me a hand-me-down Fitbit, which I’ve been using to track my steps. The bad news first: I’m only walking about 4,000 steps a day, which is about 40% of what I should be doing. The good news: I go up and down the stairs 10-15 times a day. I’m not sure what’s optimal for stairs, but I think I’m exceeding the target. And more good news: I’ve started my couch-to-5K training. And more bad news: but I’ve been doing it in the house because of the weather. (See previous post.) I hope to move it outside when/if spring actually arrives. I’m not sure where to do it, though….I’m not sure my very hilly neighborhood is for beginners.
I think part of the problem is simply habit building. According to Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, part of the key to a successful change in habits is doing it every day. The couch-to-5K program is an every other day program, which means I slack in between…or skip a day so that it’s every third day. So I need to find a way to make sure something happens EVERY day, to ensure that the thing that’s supposed to happen every other day actually does.
I’m open to suggestions for how to manage this. In the meantime, I have 2 ideas: Move the work outs to the morning instead of the evening, so that it’s out of the way first thing. And I replaced the lost Wii remote, so I can do Just Dance for 1 or 2 songs on the non-couch-to-5k mornings. Your thoughts?