December’s stats were probably some of the worst that I have recorded since I started monitoring my steps per day. I took a total of 186688 steps, this works out at an average of 6022 steps per day. I hit 10,000 steps or over on 2 days this month, one of the days I totaled 14429 steps and the other 11877. A lot of factors contributed to not achieving 10000 steps a day, or at least averaging that, the weather was one – it was cold and wet, raining the majority of lunch times which meant I skipped a lot of my lunch time walks, then it was dark when I got home from work which impacted on Roxy and my evening stroll and our regular walking routes (the street and path lighting isn’t that good on our regular routes), couple all of that with not fully shaking off the cold I had in November and it’s not surprising that my stats slipped so low. Christmas and time off from work also played a part in my average steps, over the Christmas break I was off work, we had family coming round and staying, or we were visiting family, and not really being as active as normal as sitting and spending time with family is more important.
I have enjoyed the past few months of being more aware of my steps and activity levels but I have also learned that it is ok to let them slip a bit for more important things (like spending time with friends and family) and I don’t think that in the darker months of the year that you should risk your health and safety to hit your target steps. However I am keen to get back into walking at lunch times now I am back in work just to get the numbers back up a bit, after all, any activity is better than none (and I have a couple of pounds to loose from the Christmas festivities!).
It can be hard to get back to a walking routine, there are so many excuses your mind can make to your body about not going out, staying in, and if you let it, your body will listen and co-operate with your mind. One of the ways I am going to get back into a walking plan is to factor in set periods of time to get out and about, half an hour at lunch is a great way to start, this first week back has been hectic (and Im sure most people will find it the same!) so I have set a date to start my lunch-time walks and I will be sticking to it. I find once you have set a date, it is easier to overcome the minds excuses! Once I get into a routine again, I will then start setting myself goals in terms of distance, such as – how far can I walk in half an hour, monitor it and try to better it the following day. Hopefully I can ease myself back into 10000 steps a day and will be back hitting target soon!
I am proud to have taken part in Cancer Research’s Walk All Over Cancer back in September and achieving an average of over 10000 steps a day. Before this challenge I was unsure whether I would be able to do it and questioned myself about taking part, but I set myself a personal goal and I achieved what I set out to do. I am hoping to take part in this again in the future and will be looking for people to join me on the way if and when I do! I have also realized 10000 steps can be a lot easier to achieve if it is broken down into chunks during the day rather than attempting the majority in one go. I am hoping to hit 10000 steps more often this year!
I haven’t made any resolutions this year but have set myself a goal of taking more steps this year than last year and I am aiming for at least 10000 steps a day for 80% of the year! What walking goals or resolutions have you set yourself?
I am no longer going to be sharing my daily stats to this blog, I have set up an Instagram specifically for my daily stats (you can follow me @tenthousandsteps2016 ) but I will be posting how I have done weekly and share my highs and lows with you each Sunday! If you would like to see how I have done this first week then come back to read my Week in Review on 8th January!