Thanks to my Fitbit, I’ve discovered just how incredibly sedentary my life is. You wouldn’t think that from someone who runs marathons (well, marathon) and triathlons. But with the exception of my daily workout, much of my day is spent sitting on my rump.
Perils of a desk job, I suppose.
I’m trying to be better about it though. I always make a point to take the stairs in the office. I try to make my lunch break a walking break and go wander the city for thirty minutes or so. That’s much easier to do on the cooler days – I can’t exactly go back to the office sweaty and stinky. Well, I can, but I really shouldn’t.
Even with that, I’m still averaging only about 5000 steps a day without my workout. And since I’ve been doing my best to rest my leg (so doing a lot of core work, but little else), that means my steps are pretty low.
While rest is obviously good, as I continue to heal, I also want to continue to up my daily activity levels aside from my daily workouts. I need to walk more during the day. I’ve tried setting an alarm to force myself to get up from my desk, but I found myself snoozing the alarm because I was in the middle of a project or on a phone conference. I think what I need to do is start small – make sure I take a mid-morning and mid-afternoon break and go up the stairs or something. Just get up and move. From what I read, this should help my concentration as well.
(As an aside, I’ve been using the Fitbit calorie counting to help me attempt to lose weight. Still up in the air on whether or not it’s working, but the rest of the year will be a good test.)