HOW TO WALK 10,000 Steps a Day

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It seems as if everyone is tracking their daily steps. Between pedometers, higher end fitness bands like a Fitbit or an UP3 by Jawbone, or even just using your phone to track your movement, there is no excuse to not know how many steps a day you are taking. When you track your steps, you are challenging yourself to live a healthier life each and every day. It is also nice to compare your progress and push yourself to reach new fitness goals.

 Here’s how to reach 10,000 Steps a Day:

  1. Create a challenge for yourself. This can be anything you want that requires walking. Maybe you want to walk to the store instead of driving once a week or walk for thirty minutes every day after dinner. Walking 10,000 steps daily will help keep you active during the times when it is hardest. Start slowly so that you can achieve this step milestone in time. When I first started using my FitBit, I was surprised to see only 2,000 a day when I worked at an indoor office job. I slowly made sure to get to 5,000 each day before it was a breeze to get to 10,000.
  1. Make a specific goal. Keep track of what you normally walk in a day so that you can have an average step count. Next, you will want to make a goal to increase your steps by a certain percentage. For example, let’s say that you walk 3,600 steps a day right now. You will want to increase that amount by at least 10% for a week. Check your progress and then repeat! You will soon reach 10,000 steps a day.

When you record your steps daily, it will be easier to see how you have been doing. Some days it will be easy to reach your goal, but other days may be a struggle. Don’t give up!

  1. Track your moods. Do you feel motivated? Are you having issues reaching your goal? What is holding you back? At first you may not feel like walking 10,000 steps a day will be a huge increase or be a big improvement in your life. This is especially true in the beginning when you feel like you want to give up. Evaluate how you feel after you reach your targeted walking goal.

If you struggled to meet your goal, brainstorm ways to reach it daily. Get creative! Take the stairs, park further away when you are shopping, and use your lunch breaks to get up and move around.

  1. Make it fun. Download audiobooks that you only listen to as you walk or start listening to podcasts. This is how I “trick” myself into walking more since the only time I can finish my current novel or catch up on my favorite podcast is by walking around the block with my smartphone!

Does 10,000 daily steps sound overwhelming? It should inspire you to live a healthy life. Feel better and get fit with these tips to reach your milestone!

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Top 3 Fitness Apps for Androids & iPhones

Top 3 Fitness Apps

I wish I could tell you that I had the crazy motivation to just get up and lose weight but then I would be lying to you! I did look in the mirror and say what have I done to my body? Why am I always tired and never have any energy? Well part of it was because I had a newborn and at the time a 2.5 year old. I looked around me and wondered if I could lose weight for free? What was around me that I have not taken advantage of. Yes, I paid thousands of dollars just in one year on a personal trainer and didn’t see a difference in my body at all.

I googled some great apps to help lose weight and I have to say I found 3 apps that changed my life and the best part is they are free!

 




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  1. My Fitness Pal– Hello Calorie counter and motivator! This app made me realize everything I was putting in my body and how many calories I engorged in. The great thing about the app is if the food is not in the database there is a bar code scanner and it will then put it in the database. At first it was a pain but this helped me meal plan my entire day! On my bad days this helped hold me to be accountable and see where I went wrong. This app is available for Androids and iphones. nike-running-app
  2. Nike + Running GPS App– Now this one was fun! If you have been an avid reader, well then you know how much emphasis I put in having a support system. One of my good friends who lives in DC loved to challenge me. She also has been on a weight loss journey and really helped me through everything.  Every month we would create a goal (which I never finished, but came really close each time) which would consist of doing 35 miles a month and then would increase each month. This app is awesome because it tell you what you time was for each mile. I would do this on the treadmill and would try to beat each time. I got faster at running a mile and the best part is that it cheers you on! Who doesn’t love a little more motivation?! This app is available for Androids and iphones. IMG_4152 IMG_4151 IMG_4150
  3. Fitbit- I seriously have nothing but good things about my fitbit. When I first bought my fitbit I didn’t understand why it was so expensive but knew this was something I had to do! The app is amazing. It tracks how many calories you burned, how many steps taken that day and the best part it connects with My Fitness Pal app! Every Monday I would weight in and on the app you can keep track of your measurements and weight. This is such an awesome app I can’t even explain how much this device/ app kept me on the right track to getting to my goal weight.

These 3 apps have been so beneficial in my weight loss! What apps have you been using on your weight loss journey? What apps do you plan to use?




Fit Mom Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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If your like me well then you probably have no idea what to get your own mother or your husband has no clue on what to get you! Mother’s Day can get tricky but like most holidays I typically over think everything! Before I made this lifestyle change my husband always would get my favorite or at the time my favorite food! Chocolate covered strawberries was part of the norm for every holiday or birthday so this is also very shocking to him. Instead of going out to eat or getting my favorite dessert he now has to find something that is in my lifestyle change! I have am a big fan of looking cute while working out! I love cute tanks to work out in and I always say you don’t have to look rough to work out! After all I am a girlie girl that lifts weights and works out so why not look cute while sweating. My favorite workout item is my FIT BIT! I love how it syncs with my phone and how me and my friends can challenge each other on how may steps a day we are taking!m

Here are some great Mother’s Day Picks! 

Fit Mom Mother's Day Gifts
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