Life by Cynthia: 10,000 Steps

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

10,000 Steps

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.

12 comments:

  1. I think it's great for motivation, for sure!

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    1. Hi Rosey! I'm on Day 3 and going strong! I'm encouraged and hope to get to Day 30 with this much excitement!

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  2. I wanted to get into that and didn't get picked =( but I'm going to do the challenge myself too-

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    1. Hi Pamela, I'm sorry that you didn't get picked either. I'm so glad to hear that you are doing your own challenge too! Good for you!

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  3. This is wonderful, and I can't wait to see how it turns out. I especially love that despite being "turned down," you are doing the challenge on your own. That's very inspiring. Again, I can't wait to hear more about it :-)

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    1. Thank you Rhonda! I just finished Day 3! I hope to keep it up! Rejection is never pleasant but I just KNOW that I can do this! I will definitely be sharing my progress.

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  4. I think 10,000 for the most part is very doable. My husband bought a Fitbit a few weeks ago and loves his. He was aiming for 15,000 steps and some days are easier to achieve than others. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hi Christy! I am finding that it is doable. With my work schedule it does get tough but I am making the time to get away from my desk and take a couple of walking breaks. When I get home my husband, son, and I go for family walks until I get to that 10K mark. Maybe I'll bump up my goal to 15 like your husband. I'm inspired!

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  5. I think it can be very difficult to reach that number but all the best to you in reaching your goals.

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    1. Dominique - it can be especially since for the most part of the day I am at work sitting down. But I now look forward to taking more walks. Thank you for your encouragement!

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  6. I sooooo want to get a fitbit and the thought of 10,000/day? As a SAHM I figure just chasing the cat and the six year old around gets me half way there ;)

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    1. I am enjoying my fitbit and would like to get the companion scale- the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale BUT that's not in the budget right now. I'm sure you exceed 10K each day with your busy self!

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