It’s almost 11pm and I’m walking laps in our hotel room. My family and I are here for a retreat of sorts, and as I was laying in bed, getting ready to go to sleep, I remembered my step goal. Almost reflexively, I checked my watched and there it was: 9,478 steps. I was a bit over 5,000 steps short. So, despite not really wanting to, I sucked it up, got out of bed, and started pacing.
Now, walking around a dark room when I’d rather be sleeping isn’t fun, but it isn’t the end of the world. I’m certain (hoping) the sense of satisfaction I’ll have when I hit my goal will make it all worth it. That being said, on nights like these I can’t help but wonder:
1. Is this crazy? Am I being weirdly obsessive, or am I just really dedicated to hitting this goal?
2. Is walking 15,000 steps worth losing an hour of sleep?
Funny enough, it’s the sleep question that concerns me. The more I read (and listen) about the importance of sleep, the harder I want to try to make sure I get enough of it (and the more conflicted I am when faced with having to choose between hitting my step goal and going to bed).
Granted, there’s an easy fix for this: I just need to get all my steps in earlier in the day. Unfortunately, given my track record, that’s easier said than done. So, to pass the time as I stumble about, I’ve decided to brainstorm ways of hitting my step goal before it gets too late.
- Take the dog for a walk in the mornings (this one is iffy since it interferes with my gym time – assuming I stick with the whole going to the gym thing…)
- Start doing cardio (definitely an option, but not on a daily basis)
- Set an alarm to go off every hour and take a 5-minute walk whenever it rings
- Park farther away from wherever I’m going
- Take stairs instead of elevators
- Pace when waiting, instead of standing or sitting (I already do this one)
- Take the dog for a longer afternoon walk (unless it’s really hot out)
I feel like I should be able to come up with more, but since my watch just buzzed (alerting me to the fact that I’ve hit my step goal for the day) I’m going to leave it at 7 and go back to bed. It’s a 3-day step streak!
If you have any suggestions for ways I can get in some extra steps (that you wouldn’t mind sharing), please let me know! I could use all the help I can get!