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BREAKING: WHY I LOVE COUNTING STEPS

Updated: June 19, 2017
by
LAURYN

why I count my steps | by the skinny confidential

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Well hello, happy Friday. We are live from bed! Watching the latest House of Cards, of course, with a piping hot cup of ginger/turmeric tea. Two snoozing Chihuahuas are cuddled up very close to me. I’m debating whether or not to get up & go to the kitchen to grab another coconut macaroon.

How are you? Any news? What’s the latest?

As you may already know from the last podcast episode, I have been trying to count my steps.

THAT’S RIGHT STEPS.

Like, walking steps.

YOU KNOW: MOVE MORE, EAT LESS ( …COCONUT MACAROONS ).

::PAUSE…GOING TO GO OFF ON A TANGENT HERE::

TO BE ENTIRELY REAL WITH YOU, I am in the market for a Treadmill desk.

Yes, seriously.

I’ve wanted one for forevvvvver so now I’m shopping my options. I feel like we have a small space in TSC HQ for me to walk on my Treadmill while returning 6 million e-mails. Always efficient. Since my business is so much on the phone, the Treadmill will make me move while getting some work in.

Do you not love this idea? I’m obsessed.

My Google search is: ‘best treadmill desk’, ‘treadmill desk in white’, & ‘is a treadmill desk effective?’

You know just the casual Friday night Google realness.

My options are looking pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. LIKE HOW GOOD DOES THIS ONE LOOK? I’d love it in white though if I’m being honest.

::TANGENT IS OVER, K::

Ok back to steps. What do I mean by steps? Well here’s the story: a few weeks ago I looked down at my phone’s pedometer ( under the ‘HEALTH’ app- you know the one- it’s a big red heart, we all have it ) & for the whole day I’d only taken like 4,500-ish steps.

WAIT, WHAT?

This is not the healthiest thing in the world & it didn’t sit right with me

I eat healthy, I take care of my skin, my mind, & body, & I work out almost 6 days a week…but I need to move more.

Not exercise, per-say. I needed to walk. MOVE. Park my car farther away from Trader Joe’s! Walk to the movie theater instead of drive! Walk downstairs to get Postmates…instead of making them come upstairs!

Just little things. The things that add up.

I needed more steps.

So Michael got an Apple Watch which is UNBELIEVABLE at counting steps. I toyed around with it & loveddd it. Hopefully I’ll get one soon. I have my eye on this white band/silver one ( hinty, hint MB ). In the meantime, I am using my phone which is OK at tracking steps. It’s annoying because I workout sans phone- hey I need an hour a day without my phone, you know? So the whole time I’m working out, no steps are accounted for.

If you’re wanting a no phone option, check out this LIGHT PINK, very TSC pedometer. It’s chic & inexpensive. And how cute would these shoes be with this pedometer…UGH, I WANT IT ALL.

So let’s answer the question I always like to answer: WHY? WHY COUNT STEPS?

Because it is an ATTAINABLE GOAL.

According to this Harvard study: “Few of these studies explored in any depth why pedometers are good motivators. One hunch: a pedometer puts a number to our physical activity efforts, and most of us respond to the concreteness of numbers, especially when it comes to exercise. Runners count miles, and swimmers, laps— and now walkers, with the help of pedometers, their steps.

Some experts invoke the self-efficacy theory as an explanation. In simplified terms, self-efficacy means having confidence that you can perform a task that’s set before you. What we’re asked to do when we wear a pedometer is to take more steps— not a daunting prospect for the average person. Walking 10,000 steps a day may seem like a lot but it is within reach given that many of us already take between 6,000 and 7,000 steps daily.

Put another way, those additional 3,000 to 4,000 steps add up to about a mile and a half, a distance most of us can cover in about 30 minutes. In busy lives, that’s not an inconsiderable amount of time, but we can find it, especially when you consider the exercise guidelines that say we can divide up that 30 minutes into 10-minute chunks and still get health benefits.

The average stride is about two-and-a-half feet long.

So if you have an average stride and you take 2,000 steps, you will have walked the equivalent of about a mile ( 5,000 feet, compared with 5,280 in a mile ).

And if you hit the 10,000 steps-a-day mark, you will have walked the equivalent of nearly five miles ( 25,000 feet, compared with the 26,400 in five miles ).

A reasonable goal for most people is to increase their average step count each week by 500 per day ( a quarter of a mile ) until they can average 10,000 a day with ease.”

ANYWAY, I have a friend who I workout with all the time ( hi Kim Kelly! ) & she told me she saw her friend the other day. Her friend had lost A LOT of weight. Kim asked her what her secret was…& she said 15,000 steps a day. THAT IS IT. Of course I encourage exercise & eating healthy too, but steps are great to add to that list right?

NOW don’t go crazy here, you don’t want to feel OCD about it. It’s just a way to keep yourself on track. If you miss steps, don’t freak- you know? I’ve found not to let it dictate my day. Really I look at it as more of a friendly reminder to get my ass moving every hour instead of sitting at a desk all day. Instead of driving to the grocery store that’s 5 minutes away, I walk. Easy. Don’t over think it- just be aware.

Any other step counters? What’s your vibe on this?

Hoping you’re all having a lovely Friday night!

Talk tomorrow, lauryn x

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  1. Liz S.

    I’m on my feet for 16 hours a day, everyday, so that’d a lot of steps to count 😉 Just by having a standing desk, in addition to already living a very active lifestyle, I’m able to get in a lot of movement. The standing desk also helps me with my posture. I wouldn’t feel safe if I did what Victoria Beckham has done, with the whole “use a treadmill dress in stilettos” thing, haha.

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  2. Raquel | Living Wellbee

    I usually track my daily activity on my iPhone’s Health Data. It’s probably not as advanced other solutions, but it helps me to keep me on track. After a long working day sometimes I am surprised to see how ‘inactive’ my day was, so I try to be more active by adopting easy wins, such as walk on my way to home or take the stairs instead of the lift :)
    Raquel xx

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  3. Diana

    I do like checking the health app to see my steps- sometimes it shocks me with how few steps I’ve taken in a day! Now on my lunch breaks I frequently go for a walk… to the cafe/clothes store/nearest pharmacy for some makeup and skincare hahahha

    https://thedianaedition.com

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  4. Alexis

    I sit all day and would love a treadmill desk. Its hard to make it through the day. Too antsy.

    Alexis||https://lidsandtricks.com/

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  5. Saphia Louise

    Yeah, this is great! Perfect motivation. My bf has been telling me to walk more and i really do need to. Especially working at a desk, sitting down 80% of the day, I need to put more pep in my step!

    Thanks for the motivation!!

    Saphia Louise | Lifestyle, Faith & Travel
    http://Www.LifeWithSaph.com

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    1. Lauryn Post author

      Of course! Maybe you and your bf could do something to be active together. Thanks for the support Saphia <3

  6. Susie

    First, we’re OBSESSED with ginger/turmeric tea! It’s Ben’s favorite drink to make (he goes all out, boiling the ginger and turmeric root and everything) and we swear by it.

    I LOVE counting steps, especially when you compete with friends (a lot of the apps have work week/weekend challenges you can do to see who has the most steps). It’s just friendly competition but it’s incredibly motivating. I teach, so I’m constantly moving, but even parking further away from a store or taking the stairs are good add ons.

    And I’m 100% for the treadmill desk!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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    1. Lauryn Post author

      This just made my day Susie, so happy you love the tea.. Maybe I can get Michael to start drinking it more. Competing with friends is such a good idea! xx

  7. Theresa

    Yes! I use the Health app daily to track my steps and I’m always pushing myself to do more. Check out the book Move a Little, Lose a Lot to learn about the science behind NEAT movement (Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis). Highly recommended!

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  8. Heidi Kokborg

    Love this! But really in Denmark we bike or walk to everything. We do not grow up with driving around like you do in the States. I love that about Denmark! It’s such a healthy and easy habit – I mean, walking to the grocery store, the gym or a friend’s house is no biggie – and you can easily do a work call on the way!

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    1. Lauryn Post author

      It’s so cool to hear from a reader in Denmark, I have been dying to visit there. That’s great that you walk everywhere, so smart. xx

  9. Michelle

    I lost almost 80 pounds and moving more was a big part of it. I watch what I eat (not obsessively mind you), and make sure to get at least 12,000 steps in a day. And walking was the one thing that I was allowed to do after my surgeries. Oh, and I track my steps with a Fit bit Charge.

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  10. Elizabeth

    I have the silver apple watch with a white band. I love counting my steps but I’ve learned not to obsess. I used to pace the room before bed to get my steps in. It was so unhealthy. I think if used as a guide and not an obsession, it’s a great tool! Now, I use it to see how active I’ve actually been in a day rather than a mark I have to meet.

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  11. Ariadna

    When I am in London I can easily walk about 10,00 steps a day but when I go home I barely walk 5,00 – it’s so hard to walk when I live in such a tiny town where everything is like 10min away from my house! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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    1. Lauryn Post author

      Hmm maybe try going on the treadmill and watching Netflix on your phone to get more steps in. xx

  12. June

    Yes to tracking steps and yes to the Apple Watch! I’m a huge fan of the Apple Watch because of the activity feature (which is an app) included when you set up your watch. If you and your partner have watches, you guys can set it up so you share your activity info with each other. You can help cheer each other on and keep motivated!.the watch also has features like :alerting you when you have achieved certain goals you have set, it alerts you when it’s time to get up and stand and start to move, especially if you’ve been sitting too long, it tells you when to stop and breathe (like 3 mins of deep breathing for mindfulness), and at the end of the day it’s so rewarding to see how many steps you have taken, how miles those steps actually add up to, & as a bonus it also shows your calories burned. It’s a great way of staying on track and using it as a means to keep yourself sticking to goals you want to start making habits. Plus, the Watch has a in app “Work Out” feature. So if you are doing and out Door walk you can set it and track it, if you’re taking a cycling class, doing yoga, running etc. I find that every time I’m about to do my workout or go out for my daily walk that I make sure I have the watch on!! It’s fun and super accurate!! Totally need to get one. My biggest day of steps ever was over 26,000 steps in one day!! Hahahahhaha kinda crazy but I live in NY and choose to walk everywhere. Despite having a car I just have come to appreciate my walks. It’s my time to clear my head, listen to podcasts and just have that much needed ME time. I love it and can’t wait for you to get one!! You and Michael will be sharing your activity for sure! I know you guys love a friendly competition! Ps- there are so many other awesome things that the watch does that make things very efficient. You can literally reply to text messages by just talking into the watch and it perfectly writes out your response! No need to always have the phone out!! I could go on and on but AMEN to getting in those steps and encouraging yourself to get outside and move!

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  13. R.patra

    Great insight.
    I think need to work on increasing my steps which has decreased a lot after moving into a smaller house.
    I urgently need to think about the ways to increase them.
    Thanks.

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    1. Lauryn Post author

      Downsizing is good though, try to take walks around the neighborhood or walk on the treadmill. xx

  14. Stacy

    I love mybfitbut, it’s like a gentle nudge “he, you’ve been lazy today, it’s 3p get moving”….sometimes as a mom folding laundry, organizing etc you forget to walk around….makes a big difference

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  15. Rachel @ Better LIVIN

    This is such an important thing for people to think about! Because of the nature of today’s jobs (office jobs) many people are so sedentary and think their 30-60 minute workout does the trick. I know I was SHOCKED when I got a Fitbit and realized that even with a 30 minute run, I was only hitting 7,000 steps a day and without a run, I wouldn’t crack 5,000. Thanks for the reminder to check my steps!

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  16. Lola

    Keeping track of steps is something I’ve been doing for years and has worked out amazingly for me! When I walk more steps throughout the week, I feel significantly less bloated, lighter, and I have more energy. I love love LOVE this post, Lauryn!

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  17. Taylor

    I tell my sister to try taking more steps a day all the time! Even if it’s 10 steps to the kitchen, it adds up! So she got a fitbit to start tracking and become more active. I like the thin pink one you linked it’s not as bulky as the fitbit I have. I definitely want to save up for an Apple Watch though, I got my boyfriend one for Christmas & he’s obsessed. He even says he never thought he’d use the steps & health app on it & he uses it everyday!

    https://www.taytayrose.com

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  18. Virjinia Harp

    I love it! I sit at a desk most of the day so getting the reminder to walk is perfect! I’ve had multiple models of fitbits and I currently have the Blaze which buzzes throughout the workday if I haven’t gotten up from my desk in an hour. I love it!

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  19. Addie

    I am a total step counter! My fit bit goal is set to 15k which is doable most days in NYC (but I give myself a break if I hit at least 12k)

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    1. Lauryn Post author

      Wow 15k is crazy (and hard to accomplish in San Diego) good for you for walking that much Addie!

  20. MacKenzie

    I can tell a drastic difference in my body when I don’t make sure to take 12,000 steps a day. Seriously, I can kill 2 hours boxing or at Barry’s Bootcamp, or both in one day, and then go home and sit on my ass all day. Love this post!!

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  21. Maia

    I am also a huge fan of counting steps! I got a fitbit back in February and it has honestly motivated me to walk places rather then drive or take the subway. I think there is also a great feedback mechanism of getting encouragement from your device “congratulating” you for making y our goal. I am a huge believer in positive reinforcement!

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