I’d been a runner off and on since I was a kid, up until five years ago. Ran mostly for conditioning when I was young, then for health and weight management in adulthood.
I even ran a handful of half marathons and some trail runs too. Was running pretty quick for me, feeling healthy, all good. Then after our first kid was born, time constraints and age-related aches and pains forced me to change gears. Not much running.
Two more kids tightened things up even more. I had to shift gears. Running went by the wayside. I had to figure out how to integrate activity more throughout the day. Exercise went from an hour run to sprinkling more activity continuously into my daily routine.
Stretching, counting steps, abbreviated kettle bell workouts in the garage after the early morning dog walks, three minute walk breaks throughout the work day: all these factor into more motion. And as the saying goes, “motion is lotion.”
I got a step (and sleep )tracker a couple years back. The UP Move by Jawbone was my choice. One of the cheaper models, but still did what I wanted it to do. I could now tell how much activity I was actually getting each day. I make an effort now towards hitting a given Step Target most every day. Even if it’s not completely accurate, there’s no doubt I increase my activity level to get to a higher number. I’m able to dial in my efforts to get better, consistent sleep too.
More energy, more steps. Steps translate to a higher level of mobility. Better mobility means more activity, which gives me a path to find and maintain a better attitude, better health, better me. And that’s all good for me. Try it. Get up and get moving. Might be good for you too.