How to Walk 10,000 Steps Everyday!

Trying to figure out how to stay more active during the day? Here are a few tips to get you up and moving!

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So you’re wondering how to get more steps in.  Whether you have jumped on the Fitbitting Bandwagon, or you are simply trying to move more throughout the day, here are a few tricks I’ve discovered to get at least 10,000 steps every single day.


 

Take a Break

How to get more steps in your day.

If you’re anything like me, you start working and get sucked into your computer for hours.  Whether you’re responding to the Never Ending Story of your inbox, or you’re locked into your calendar, there are days when you start work, and next thing you know the sun set without you even noticing.  On these kinds of days, you have to be intentional about getting more movement than the sporadic trip to the restroom.

The easiest way I have discovered to get myself out of desktop gridlock is to set an alarm.  Every couple of hours the alarm on my phone goes off with a reminder to stand up and get moving.  When I hear the alarm, I immediately stop what I’m doing; I have to.  I know that if allow myself to finish up one last sentence, that one sentence turns into two, which turns into three, which eventually turns into several hours and my alarm goes off again.

So, when the alarm goes off, get up, stretch your legs, take a lap around your office, your house, the library, where ever you might be, and keep moving for five minutes.  You’re getting those steps in, PLUS the mental break is great for your productivity and mental acuity (another topic for another day).


 

Park Inconveniently

How to get more steps in your day.

Whether you are just getting to the office, pulling into the grocery store parking lot, or taking a trip to the mall, make it a point to park farther away than you normally would.  I don’t mean snagging the spot one lane over.  Go big or go home on this one!  Take the absolute farthest spot from your office entrance, or find a spot far from the cart return (and by all means take the extra steps to return your cart), or if you’re really inspired before your shopping excursion, choose the parking lot on the opposite end of the mall.  Just imagine all those steps you’re tracking as you traverse through the crowds of shoppers.  The bottom line is this, if your typical course of action is to get the quickest, closest, and most efficient parking spot, just do the opposite.


 

Take the Stairs

How to get more steps in your day.

You’re probably rolling your eyes in a duh-like fashion, so I won’t tell you what you already know.  Just like picking a decently far parking spot, take the stairs over the elevator at every opportunity.

You’ve heard all of that before, but what about taking the stairs at home (or if you live in a one-story, taking some extra steps).  How many times have you been sitting on the couch, or lying in bed, or finishing up dinner, and you either need or want something, but you decide it’s too far away?  Don’t tell me I’m the only one here guys!  Lying all snuggly in bed when you realize you are desperately thirsty, but getting out into the cold and walking to the kitchen is THE LAST thing you want to do, am I right?

Well, now you have some extra motivation to take the trek downstairs (and presumably back UP).  Getting extra steps is now on the forefront of your mind, so do it. Just do it.  Get up out of that fluffy goodness of pillows and down comforters, and get that glass of water.


 

Get Outside

How to get more steps in your day.

Now, I understand that some people do not live in the temperate climate of Southern California, so I’ll concede that this might not be possible for some of you year round.  Don’t worry, I’ve got some tips for you too!  For now, though, let’s assume it is a beautiful day . . .

Slap on some sunscreen, and hit the road Jack!  Seriously, what are you doing inside on a day like this?  Go for a walk around your neighborhood, take a hike (literally, not metaphorically), try something you’ve never done before.  Scroll through Groupon to find a new adventure.  Call up a friend you’ve been meaning to reconnect with, and invite them to join you.  With a little bit of creative intention, the possibilities are seriously endless.


 

Discover Moments

How to get more steps in your day.

You have a thirty minute lunch break; you’ve finished your sandwich, and you still have 10 minutes before you have to report in.  Ordinarily you might lounge around the break room, or crush through the most recent licorice forest.  Instead, why not take advantage of those few, precious moments to enjoy some fresh air?

If weather or time do not permit a jaunt outside, take the stairs down to the lobby and do a couple of laps.  Take the stairs back up to your desk before your boss clocks in.  Who knows, maybe you’ll lose track of time and the leisurely stroll turns into a mad dash.  The point is, if you have time to watch a show, play a game, or troll your newsfeed, you have plenty of time to get in a few extra steps.


 

Join or Start a Challenge

How to get more steps in your day.

If you have a fitbit, you may have noticed that there is a tab for challenges in the app.  This has proven to be an excellent way to find motivation to get your buns off the couch.  You can easily find friends to challenge through Facebook, your contacts, or by inviting them with an e-mail.

Fitbit has also designed different types of challenges.  Depending on your competitive nature, you can walk to annihilate the competition, or you can collect challengers simply to cheer each other on.

I thought that I was doing pretty great hitting my 10,000 daily step goal. Then I started joining challenges. This is when I realized some of my friends were more than doubling my steps on a daily basis.  I found this to be incredibly motivating to get moving even more, and I did!  I have yet to catch up to these high stepping maniacs, but my new daily average is closer to 15,000 (and I feel GREAT!).


 

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If you’re interested in finding ways to sneak veggies into family dinner, check out Veggie Hide And Seek.

 


 

What do you think?  Do you have any tips or tricks that you use to reach your 10,000 steps every day?  Please share them in the comments below!  I love to learn new tricks!

 

How to Find Happiness When You’re Down & Out

Finding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.

Finding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.

 

So maybe you’ve had a bad day . . . week . . . month . . . year.  Maybe you’ve got the holiday blues.  Maybe you’re frustrated because you have every reason in the world to be happy and thankful, but you just can’t seem to pull yourself out of this ho-hum slump.  All you know is that there is something dragging you down these days, and you can’t seem to snap yourself out of it.  You are not alone my friend.  I know for a fact that happiness ebbs and flows, and sometimes those ebbs seem to be daunting and endless.  I have compiled a few words of wisdom from others (as well as a few gems spawned straight from my endless, inner monologue) that have helped me find the happiness flow when I’m feeling blue.


Act the Way You Want to Feel – according to one of my absolute favorite authors, and my personal happiness guru, Gretchen Rubin, “[a]lthough we presume that we act because of the way we feel, in fact, we often feel because of the way we act.”  I’ve gleaned so much wisdom from Gretchen’s books, blog, and podcast, that I can honestly say she has changed my life.  Finding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.Just the other day I was feeling super negative.  My friend came to pick me up for a movie, and I immediately started complaining.  Literally opened the door, sat down, said hello, and began ranting and raving about how annoying my day had been.  She sweetly sat in silence and let me vent my frustrations until I talked myself right into the realization that I was being a Negative Nancy.  Recognizing that I didn’t want to bring down our movie night with my negativity, I just started laughing.  I was frustrated, tired, annoyed, and irritated, but I wanted to feel happy and positive, so I just started laughing at how ridiculous it all was.  I’m not going to pretend that everything that I was originally annoyed about went away, but laughing at it all definitely made me feel more vibrant, and the stressors of the day didn’t seem to be as relevant as the night wore on. (PS since you are on your epic quest for happiness, I highly recommend checking out Gretchen’s website)


Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – I’m sure you’ve heard it before.  After all, Richard Carlson, coined this phrase as the title of his bestseller, and with over 25 million copies in print, maybe he was on to something.  This one might be tough to implement in the moment, after all, the dog peed on the carpet again, your husband forgot to pick up toothpaste on his way home from work, the baby has an ear infection, and you haven’t slept for more than two consecutive hours in over a week.  Each and every one of those things is Finding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.reason enough to be completely bugged, and here you are dealing with all of them simultaneously, how are you supposed to be happy in the midst of it all?  So here’s a tidbit of advice from Richard Carlson himself, “you will never be completely free from life’s little annoyances, but you can become free from feeling annoyed.”  If it isn’t the dog urinating, or your hubs forgetting to run an insanely small errand, it’s going to be the leaky faucet or the toddler who doesn’t pick up his toys.  There is always, always, always going to be something looming over your head, and the actual, literal, only thing you have control over is your reaction to it.  Easier said than done, I know.  This isn’t one of those “oh, okay, I’ll just not be stressed by that thing anymore, gotcha.”  This takes practice, sometimes years of practice, but a little goes a long way.  So, when you stub your toe later today, choose to take a deep breath instead of spewing out your favorite four letter friends, find a go-to mantra to utter on repeat, and walk it off, because let’s be real, you’ve been through much worse, and you always come out ahead.


Finding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.Enjoy Small Things – I know what you’re thinking.  We can’t “sweat the small stuff” but we should “enjoy small things,” isn’t that kind of hypocritical?  It’s not, and here’s why . . . both ideologies center around the same focal point: positive mind = positive life.  While we shouldn’t let those tiny annoyances bring down our days, we do have the opportunity to allow those tiny victories to uplift us.  So, as you entertain your nephew with a silly face, drink up that baby belly laugh.  When you schedule lunch with a childhood friend, put your phone away and enjoy a few chuckles over the good ol’ days.  When you whip up pancakes for your daughter, make a happy face out of blueberries just to see her smile.  Play cards.  Cook dinner.  Take a bubble bath.  Workout.  The list is literally endless.


Do Unto Others –  I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets bogged down with life sometimes.  We all do a million things everyday, anFinding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.d there still seems to be a million things on the To-Do list when we can’t fall asleep at night.  In fact, the other day I was feeling ridiculously unappreciated, and I was beginning to wallow in self pity until these words danced into my stream of consciousness.  At that moment, I decided to heed this advice:  I have a friend who bends over backwards for his family, friends, and coworkers, and I suspected that he wasn’t receiving the appreciation he deserves either.  So, I sent him a brief text letting him know how much I appreciate everything he has done for me.  I immediately felt the weight of self deprecation lifted off of my shoulders, and his thankful response later in the day sent me another jolt of happiness knowing that I was able to make his day a little bit brighter.  Sometimes, we just need to take a few moments out of our busy lives to brighten someone else’s day in order to bring a little perspective to our own disorder.  In other words, even when you’re not feeling it, pay it forward.


Set Your Intention – this concept first struck me as I was sweating through one of my 21 Day Fix workouts and Autumn Calabrese said “set your intention for your workout.”  It never occurred to me before.  I had never realized that so many times I would start my day, or a workout, or a project, with half-assed intentions, and then I would sit wondering at the end of it why I wasn’t satisfied.

Finding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.The first time I heard her utter these words, I immediately changed my outlook, not just for my workout (although that was truly the best workout I’ve ever had), but for my day and my life overall.  Even though I’ve always known that my mind could play powerful tricks, I never fully grasped how true that was until I began to willfully set my intention each and every day.  I’ll be real here, there are days when I do NOT set my intention, and I absolutely, 100% know the difference by the end of the day.  If you’ve never tried it, I’m sure it sounds crazy, but trust me on this.  Start small, set your intention for a workout, a meeting, a presentation, a blind date, anything.  Tell yourself before it begins that this is going to be a fantastic workout/meeting/presentation/date/etc.  Give yourself a few minutes to let a few negative thoughts come at you (I’m not strong enough, smart enough, pretty enough, whatever), and then debunk those thoughts with the truth about you (I AM strong enough, I AM smart enough, I AM pretty enough, and so on).  Eventually you’ll be able to translate those small intentions for moments throughout the day into large intentions for your day as a whole, or your week, your month, or maybe even your life.


 

As you can see, I don’t quite have the happiness gig perfected.  There are clearly moments and days when I throw myself a pity party for a little while until I recognize that I actually have the tools to just BE happy.  The reality is, I think that’s okay.  It’s normal.  Is there really a person out there who can be happy in all things at all times?  Nope!

That being said, it is completely and totally possible to find happiness when it doesn’t actually seem so obvious.  It is possible to pull yourself out of a slump.  It is possible to look for and see the good around you.  It is possible to spread joy when you’re feeling like a Debbie Downer.

What about you?  Do you have any tips or tricks to staying happy when times are tough?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so drop a comment below and let’s chat!

Veggie Hide & Seek (How to Eat More Vegetables)

Need to know how you and your family can eat more vegetables? Here a few quick and easy tips.

Need to know how you and your family can eat more vegetables? Here a few quick and easy tips.

One of the most common questions we get from our challengers is how to eat more vegetables.  My favorite tactic is to hide them in the foods we already love to eat!  So, today we asked our challengers to share their veggie hiding tactics, and I was overjoyed to discover some new ideas to help sneak in some extra nutrition.  Here is what everyone came up with!


 

 Shake-yo-greens – adding a handful of spinach to your morning Shakeology is THE EASIEST way to get an extra serving of veggies in your day.  The best part?  You don’t even realize it is in there.  Spinach doesn’t have a very strong flavor, and it blends nicely, so add some to your Shakeo or protein shake for your daily dose!


 

How to Eat More Vegetables - Zoodles

Faux Pasta (aka Faux-sta) – pasta lovers everywhere are over the moon for zoodles and spaghetti squash.  Kids around the world are being duped, and maybe it’s not such a terrible thing for parents to be big fat liars!  You’ll need to acquire a spiralizer in order to transform your zucchini and squash into noodles, but spaghetti squash shreds easily into the fam fave without the need of an extra purchase.



How to Eat More Vegetables - Cauliflower
Mash ‘Em – Everybody loves mashed potatoes!  But our waistlines don’t love them nearly as much as our tastebuds do.  The solution?  Cauliflower mash or Parsnip mash.  Made the same way as our beloved taters, just boil, mash, and add your favorite seasonings, and you’ve got a tasty treat for the whole fam damily.


 

How to Eat More Vegetables - EggplantBut . . . Pizza – There are actually two tricks to this family friday favorite.  The first is to make a crust out of cauliflower, be sure to drain the cauliflower as much as you can for that crispy crust (click here for a much better recipe than I could ever come up with).  The second pizza hack is using slices of eggplant as mini-pizza crusts.  Eggplant bites don’t have quite the same ring as Bagel Bites, but believe me when I say they are so totally worth it!  Again, you’ll want to dry those bad boys out before sticking them in the oven, but they are certainly muy delicioso!


How to Eat More Vegetables - Mushrooms

Shroomsburger – when you are making ground turkey (or beef or bison or whatev) throw in some chopped up mushrooms.  Really, ground meat is a GREAT way to hide chopped up veggies of all varieties, but if you are trying to trick the monsters, finely chopped mushrooms can go almost completely unnoticed.  Chopped onions and peppers can get thrown in for some extra flavor, but they are a little bit trickier to disguise if you’ve got some super picky eaters to contend with.


 

Ma-carrot-ni anyoHow to Eat More Vegetables - Carrotsne? (it’s supposed to sound like Macaroni . . . I try) -carrots have a pretty mild flavor to them, especially compared to cheese, so this one is a super easy sneak.  Take some carrots, boil them up real good, stick ’em in a blender or food processor so they are almost like paste, and dump them in the pot of Mac N Cheese.  Stir and mix and mix and stir until the carrots and cheese are indistinguishable.  Voila!  

 


Do you have any veggie-hiding tricks up your sleeves?  I’d love to get some more ideas, so please share how you plan to eat more vegetables!