My newest fitness challenge is simple: 10,000 steps a day for 30 days. I am on a mission. I was inspired when a brand that produces fitness tracking devices put out a call for fifteen bloggers to walk 10,000 steps for 30 days to test out one of their products. The bloggers selected serve as brand ambassadors. Bloggers would receive a free device, compensation, and support. In return, they will share their experiences via blog posts.
I took a chance. I applied. I didn't make the cut. I wasn't going to let that stop me from doing the challenge anyway: On my own. I believe that over 700 bloggers applied. So minus the fortunate fifteen - there are still quite a number of us that are sad that we didn't get to be a part of it.
Personally, I LOVE organized fitness challenges. The support and encouragement from your fellow challengers is awesome. I also enjoy a little friendly competition. In the case of partnered challenges, I am even MORE motivated to meet and/or exceed the goal of the challenge. The added accountability a powerful motivator!
I successfully completed a challenge last month and will be blogging about that journey in upcoming posts! I have done in studio challenges at my local Bikram Yoga Studio and at The Dailey Method here in San Diego, CA. I have yet to participate in an online challenge. This is my FIRST solo challenge so once I complete this I will pat myself on the back even harder! Please wish me luck. Once I hit my 10K steps each day I will be posting it on my Instagram profile.
Pictured is my Fitbit One™ Wireless Activity + Sleep Tracker that I received as a gift from my husband some time ago. It is NOT the tracking device being used in the campaign that I mentioned above but will be my constant companion for (at least) the next 30 days! I'd love to connect if you have a Fitbit profile! Here is mine: Cynthia's Fitbit Profile
What's your opinion of 10,000 steps a day? To be honest, it's been tough to hit that number. I work 8 hours a day in an office. For the most part, my work day is spent sitting at a desk. I have changed my usual habit of taking my breaks in my office. Instead, this challenge is getting me outside so that I can reach my daily goal. In addition to getting the steps completed, I have been enjoying the sunshine, blue skies, and fresh air. Too bad my allergies have been flaring up. As a result I am having sinus issues and headaches. Oh well, it's a trade-off. I'm trying not to medicate so if you have any awesome homeopathic suggestions with dealing with allergies - please share! I would also LOVE to know if you use a pedometer, or other fitness tracking device, online app, etc.
Be healthy friends!
Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.