Being Active as a Blogger

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being active as a blogger

As a blogger, it is challenging to be active. Most of our work hours are spent at a computer, smartphone or tablet. Add in being a parent and all of the time demands of that, and it can be downright difficult to work fitness into a daily routine.

I recently got the chance to try out the Omron HJ-112 Pocket Pedometer, which was rated #2 by Consumer Reports among digital pedometers recently and was ranked #1 for over 10 years. You can follow Omron at @OmronFitness and like them at facebook.com/OmronFitness. You can also track the bloggers in the Omron Fitness challenge by searching #fitwithomron.

I have had it for a few weeks now, and have made some interesting discoveries by tracking my daily steps. One major one I realized is that the days when I primarily work and don’t run any errands or get out of the house, I get about half the daily steps that I do on days I do go out. That’s the case even if I just go grocery shopping.

For example, at the beginning of the blogger challenge I would get maybe 4,000 steps when I didn’t try to boost my steps. I wanted to see what was typical. When I would go out to run errands, without even making an effort to get more steps in, I would typically get 8,000 steps.

While that might seem obvious, having the numbers in your face is very telling. So now I know I need to add a workout at home at least on days when I haven’t gone out.

Lesson two: I clearly need to do more shopping. You know, for my health.

As I wore my Omron pedometer, another thing jumped out at me. Wearing it made me more aware of how active I was on a given day, and motivated me to increase my numbers. In the end, that meant I increased my steps by thousands some days. I could look midday and see if I was very low, and do something about it well before the day was over.

Tracking my steps also is pretty telling when it comes to how easy it is to not be active on a given day. My husband and I lived in France and we didn’t even own a car. I imagine we racked up thousands and thousands of steps daily. I remember when we returned to the U.S. thinking how difficult it would be to be as active. I took a car everywhere, and there were so few opportunities to just walk.

Here are a few tips to work in more steps each day:

  • Park further from the store. This one’s tough for me because there is just something competitive and lizard brain-like about getting the best spot available that is so like winning, but it is a good way to work in more steps.
  • Get out of the house. I was impressed by how many steps I got just by getting out to do something, even for a brief period and even just to run a couple errands. You can even take a quick break from the computer to take a short walk. You’ll be more productive afterwards, and you’ll add in more steps.
  • If you don’t get out, use that as an excuse or motivation to do a workout at home.
  • Do things around the house. Cleaning, home improvement projects or even just dancing around the living room with the kids can all be ways to boost those steps.

What tips do you have for getting more steps? As a blogger, how do you handle the challenge of getting more active with such a sedentary job?

I’m being compensated to write this post by Bookieboo LLC in a blogger campaign with Omron Fitness.

 

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About the author: Kelby Carr (521 Posts)

Kelby Carr is the founder and publisher of Type-A Parent. She also is the organizer of the Type-A Parent Conference. She is the author of Pinterest For Dummies and Pinterest Marketing For Dummies. You can follow her on Twitter at @typeamom and circle her on Google+.

 

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  1. Gena Morris

    March 1, 2012

    I always park further from the store just to get some more steps in! :) Great tips!!

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  2. Andrea

    March 1, 2012

    I wear a Fitbit- similar! I find myself walking extra steps everywhere just to get more steps!

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  3. Janine

    March 1, 2012

    I love the idea of parking farther away or even at the top of the parking garage and taking the steps all the way down then up!

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  4. Jessica @FoundtheMarbles

    March 1, 2012

    Just this week I started to get back on track with my fitness. Social media/writing/blogging is such a sedentary ways of life. I started with walking on the treadmill and have done 19 miles in the past four days. It’s a good start!

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  5. Emily @ColoradoMom

    March 1, 2012

    I have this exact pedometer and LOVE it! :) Great tips!

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  6. Amy B.

    March 1, 2012

    I have something similar — an UP — that I wear on my wrist. It buzzes me if I haven’t moved in an hour. But even before I had it, I used to set the alarm on my phone for every hour. When it went off, I’d get up and run around the house, or up and down the stairs, or something active for at least ten minutes.

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  7. Corrin

    March 2, 2012

    It is hard to be active when what you love so much plants your butt behind a desk. I just try to remember that blogging is a hobby and taking care of myself is a priority.

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