Small steps to a healthier lifestyle. Start with a 30 day 10,000 steps and water challenge.
For me, fitness and better health needs to be a long term lifestyle change and not a crash diet or a fitness plan that has me going full out for a month. I know I just wouldn’t maintain that. Sure, I’d lose weight but I know myself and I know that I’d go right back to eating and doing (or not doing) what I was before.
What will work best for me is small steps. Make small changes and make those changes a habit.
Set realistic goals with an achievable time frame. This allows you to feel a sense of accomplishment as you go. You will be more likely to continue.
I decided to start with setting a goal of getting in at least 10,000 steps a day and drinking at least 8 – 8oz glasses (2 litres) of water per day. I will do this for 30 days.
I know this sounds like a minor change and it is; it’s meant to be. Like I said, I need baby steps to really make it a habit and part of my everyday lifestyle.
My plan is to view it as a challenge at first. Track it and be accountable to get it done for the 30 days then after the 30 days I’ll continue but add on an additional healthy change.
Join me! By putting it out there and telling others that you are committing to doing this, you’ll have a greater chance at success.
- A minimum 10,000 steps a day for 30 days and…
- Drink at least 8 – 8oz glasses (2 litres) of water a day for 30 days
Charge up your Fit Bit. If you don’t have one you can find them here. I have just the basic Fit Bit Flex, that one works fine for what I need it for, however if I ever need to replace it I would step up to a Fit Bit Charge.
If you aren’t in a position to purchase one now check your smart phone. I know the iphones have a built in pedometer and app (the white app with red heart). You just need to carry your phone with you at all time for it to count your steps.
If neither option are available to you don’t worry, just make a conscious effort to walk more.
Now get moving – let’s get those 10,000 steps a day. If you have a day that you just can’t get them in, sometimes that happens, then make up those steps the next day.
Look for ways to move more in your everyday routine. March in place while folding laundry or walk in place while watching your favorite t.v. show. Make it a habit of going for a walk after dinner, even a short one. Those steps will add up.
Drink at least 8 – 8oz glasses (2 litres) of water per day.
Drinking more water is not only good for you in itself but by drinking more water you will be drinking less sugary drinks which is even better yet. Sugary drinks are definitely my weakness (soda pop, juice, iced tea, lemonade).
Try different fruit infused water combinations to mix it up. It will give you some flavor and help you not get bored with plain water. So far cucumber mint is my favorite combination. *update – I have since done a infused water game/challenge. Check out the post here to see which other combinations were good and which were awful.
Let’s do this together. We’ll baby step our way to better health. We’ll start September 1st after summer vacation. We can encourage each other, help each other stay motivated and share tips and tricks.
*update – I started Sept. 1 but you can start anytime. I created a steps and water tracking sheet that you can download for free. Writing down each day your steps and water consumption will help you be accountable. You won’t want to write down 8,000 steps when your goal is 10,000. Give it a try!
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