I bought a fitbit recently. For those of you who don’t know me, that’s kind of a big deal. I don’t really buy things. It’s a watch that encourages you to walk 10,000 steps each day and then celebrates with you when you do it.
I love it. I’m in love with it. And no, Fitbit isn’t giving me money to tell you this. He doesn’t even know I exist. Just telling you this as a prelude for my next list.
How to walk 10,000 steps in a day
- Put away laundry one garment at a time.
- Walk during commercials of Judge Judy (or whatever you’re watching).
- Put away the dishes from the dishwasher one dish at a time.
- Set a timer for 45 minutes. Do whatever you’re doing for 45 minutes. When the timer beeps, go do 1500 or 1000 or whatever number of steps you decide beforehand. Repeat.
- Go out into the world and interact with it. That’s really the easiest way.
- Wear the pedometer. Give it a chance. This should probably be higher.
- Pace while waiting in line.
- Walk while talking on the phone.
- Go to the mall and play stupid games.*
- Challenge yourself to get as close as possible to a designated number of steps without going under. E.g. you already have 3,000 steps, don’t check it again until you’re SURE you have 4,000 steps. If you check it at 3,999 (or under) you automatically lose. The closer you are to 4,000 (like 4,001), well, the prouder of yourself you can be.
- Walk to your destination.
- Go hiking. Nature alters your brain in a good way.
Examples of stupid games to play in the mall while you’re trying to get in 10,000 steps with your buddy who is also trying to get in 10,000 steps.
- Spell your first name using only the first letters of the store as you see them walking by. The first one to spell their name wins.
- Take a look at each and every single option for a sweet treat in the mall. Analyze all of them. Decide which one you would pick. Question the sanity of the person who would choose hard candy from the gumball machines.
- Guess the number of places in the mall where one could get their ears pierced. Walk around and count. Whoever’s guess was closest, wins.
- Prognosticate over which stores will soon go out of business.
- Decide which kiosk sees the most traffic in the mall.
- Come up with a business idea for the kiosk.
- Don’t buy junk. That’s not a game, just me reminding you in case you’re tempted by going to the mall.