Most of us are aware of the “10k/day” standard of getting 10,000 steps per day. I’ve always considered meeting a standard to be the equivalent of barely passing. That’s why I tell my tribe to get 12,000 steps per day, as a minimum average.
Why average instead of daily? Simply because we’re humans, and some days will be better than others. If you wake up late for work, the car won’t start, your boss ticked you off, the principal called to let you know your child was being a heathen, someone flipped you off on the way home from work, you missed your exit, you spent an hour and a half trying to google your way through your kid’s homework, who was being a heathen because he or she didn’t want chicken AGAIN, and…you get the point…
Anyways, it’s 9pm, and the heathen is finally asleep(for now), and it’s your first relaxing breath of the day. You glance at your activity tracker and see that you’ve only walked 4925 steps for the day.
You need to relax. Forget about the number today. Do take 30 minutes to at least put yourself through some sort of dynamic movement to clear the mind a little. Do what makes you feel good. I’m not talking about wine. If it was that bad of a day, then save the wine for after you take care of you.
On the flip side, you’re up at 5am, charged. Why toss and turn? Go and get you some! Eat a good breakfast. Walk the kids to school. Park far away from work and then silently judge everyone taking the elevator. Get home, and take the kids to the park. Hit the gym. Train hard. Have fun.
It’s 7pm, and you feel great. You glance at your activity tracker and see that you’re at 12001 steps for the day. Does that mean you’re done? Hell, no, you’re having a great day! Keep it moving. Don’t even look at the number, just move!
There’s days like both of those, and plenty of grey area days.
I’m going out on a limb and saying that you know when you need a break, when you need a push, and when you need a swift kick to the backside. Be honest with yourself.
12000 steps a day, train 30-60 minutes 3 days a week, eat well, rest well, and don’t sweat the small stuff. That’s my challenge to you.
Going back to the 10k/day, have you ever wondered where that came from?
It occurred to me that I had no idea, and no one has ever asked me, so I consulted with my good friend Google. I found this neat little article here:
If you don’t want to read it, because words, then I’ll sum it up here:
If you’re currently getting an “F”, bring your grades up. Shoot for the CDC’s recommendation, then 10k, then 12k. And don’t forget to pick things up and put them down.
Remind me to talk about the wonderful benefits of strength training for longevity, fat loss, and feeling good.
Not too mention GAINZ. Serious GAINZ.
Have a great day!
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