The other day, I mentioned I had joined a gym. One of the goals is to do 10,000 steps a day! Most days, I don’t get there… but I get close.
Here are some of the ways I am getting my steps up:
Parking a bit further away – this includes school, shops, church, basically anywhere we go where we have to drive and park.
Taking a walk around the school – I usually get to school a bit early, so I do a lap of the school, or two, before stand in front of the kids classroom to wait for my kids.
Shopping – when I do the supermarket shopping, I try and do a bit more walking than usual by going down some of the aisles I wouldn’t normally go down, like the pet food aisle. There is no temptation in pet food, or toilet paper, and I usually have no need to go down them.
Dancing to music – my kids think it’s cheating, but I’m not so sure. Jigging along to music, even in the car, adds steps to the pedometer, and has the added bonus of embarrassing the kids! I figure I’m still getting active. I also put the music on and dance to it while cooking dinner.
Doing the coffee run at work – at work, we have a coffee shop down the road and there is usually a coffee run required each day. I try and volunteer for this when I can.
Remembering to put the pedometer on as soon as I get up – this is a big one. It doesn’t matter how many steps you do if you don’t have the pedometer on, especially when you’re asked how many steps you’ve done at the end of the week. I’ve worked out that most days there are 200-500 extra steps that aren’t counted as I don’t put the pedometer on as soon as I get up!
If you are trying to get your steps up, other than going for walks, these tips may help. I know that going for a long walk every day is simply not possible, and I spend a lot of time sitting at the computer, especially for work. In winter it’s often too cold and wet to go outside for a walk… I hope these tips will help you.
I made myself a doctors appointment this morning. It’s for after lunch, and it’s something I’ve been putting off for a few weeks.
I’ve used every excuse under the sun – I have to work, I have the boys with me, I have to take the boys to their appointments, or there’s something else that means I don’t have time to make this appointment a priority.
The last few weeks I haven’t been sleeping very well and getting more and more tired, and this is never a good sign. I’ve known I needed to go to see the doctor for some time, but have been putting it off.
Unfortunately, this is something that is not unique to me – many Mum’s do the same thing. They try to muddle on and push through the pain. So many other things present themselves as a higher priority – kids, work, study, housework, and whatever else we have in our lives.
By putting off doctors appointments, little niggles can become much, much worse. We often hear that early detection of illness means the recovery is faster. If it is something with our kids, we are down to the doctor as fast as we can, but if it’s something for ourselves, then we put it off. The irony here is not lost on me at all.
My challenge today is to make sure I attend my appointment, and make sure I make any follow up appointments that may be needed, not pushing them to one side and making everything else a priority.
Last Thursday morning, we were in a car accident. We are all OK, and that is not the point of the post.
As a result of being rear-ended, I hurt my shoulder and neck, and Mr N also has a sore neck. We went right to the doctor to have a check up, and since then I have been back to the doctor and also to the Osteopath.
This brings me to the point of this post. On Sunday I woke up extremely stiff and sore. On Monday, it was feeling better, but I was still very sore. I was tempted to leave it and let nature take its course. This is what a lot of Mums tend to do. I was concerned about the boys and making sure they were OK, but was about to let my own health be pushed to the bottom of the list.
Instead, I spent Monday going back to the doctor and then right to the Osteopath.
Well, I must say that I LOVE my Osteopath. I left the Osteopath feeling much better and I woke this morning able to move, rather than walking like a robot and screaming every time I moved!
I’m so glad that I got on it right away as my shoulder is already feeling better and I’m most likely not going to be suffering for months.
So, the point of this post is for all you Mums – if you’re not feeling right, don’t put it off, go and see the doctor and get it fixed. Trust me, you’ll feel much better for it.