GET YA STEPS UP Walking is one of the most underrated exercises when it comes to health and well being. It can be so easy to overlook as it’s such a simple, fundamental movement that humans have done for centuries. But the benefits are many. Let me explain. If an overweight client is looking to lose fat, I’m more interested in whether or not they’re getting their daily 10,000 steps than I am with the specifics of what we do in the gym. A daily step count of 10,000+ is going to contribute to an energy input/output equation far more effectively then a 30minute gym session if the rest of the day is spent sedentary. If a client is having trouble getting a good nights sleep, one of the first questions I’ll ask is ‘are you consistently walking 10,000 steps a day?’ In other words, are you actually completing enough activity to warrant your body being tired enough to want to rest?
If a client is feeling down, angry, confused, anxious, depressed or experiencing any kind of negative mood, I’ll often ask if they’ve tried walking when they are feeling that way. The hormonal response from the low-level aerobic activity is a sure-fire way to improve your mental state. Likewise, if a person tells me they’re super busy and bogged down with work, I’ll always encourage a ten minute walk. Not only will this help improve their mental clarity cognitive function but will ultimately help their productivity (stay tuned for a post on ‘busyness’ vs productivity - a conversation I love having with people). If you’re someone that struggles with a shitty posture from sitting down all day, get ya steps up. If you’re feeling sore from a training session the day before, get ya steps up. If you’re suffering an injury and can’t complete your usual training, get ya steps up (presuming you’re able to walk pain free). Hopefully you get my point. And hopefully one (or more) of those examples jumps out and applies to you. Whether it’s a long walk in the morning or it’s multiple short walks broken up throughout the day. You could even make business calls while you take a walk. We should all be striving for our 10,000 steps! #one22