Perhaps you can relate to this story.
A client of mine was going out for walks with her kids in an effort to lose weight.
She saw a lot of people with pedometers so she figured she needed to walk more. She saw the signs and the challenges to strive for 10,000 steps. So as part of a very busy work schedule, she’d (try to) go walking for 45 minutes everyday with her kids.
Of course walking with kids isn’t *just walking. It was a 45 minute walk, with kids who were “tired!!” plus an extra 15 minutes of bathrooms with little boys, getting their shoes on, finding jackets. A lot of added stress for something that neither she -nor they- enjoyed.
With all this effort, she wasn’t seeing results, and was getting really tired of it.
I checked out The Walking Site. They say that the 10,000 step program “is a good program to help get people motivated, or to get sedentary people moving.”
This program is great for getting people off the couch, or out of the office chair. Walking IS better than sitting. Sitting IS better than lying down.
The thing is, if you’re already more active than that… all this walking is kind of a waste of time. Unless you’re simply out for some fresh air, to stretch your legs and to enjoy yourself.
If what you’re looking for is fitness or weight loss, you’ve got to exercise at an intensity that challenges you a bit more.
Let me give you an analogy from the ebook.
Have you ever baked a cake? There’s a chemical reaction that happens at 350 or 400 degrees or so that turns batter into moist, delicious cake. What do you think would happen if you put the cake in an oven heated to 150 degrees and left it there for 3 hours? Would it bake? Maybe. Chances are, it’d be a weird consistency and kind of dried out. It may never actually bake enough to be edible because you didn’t expose the ingredients to high enough heat for the magic to happen.
That’s kind of what’s happening with the 10,000 step program for most people. Not high enough heat for the magic to happen. You’re working out at “150 degrees.”
Turning up the heat to 700 degrees (is that even a setting?) isn’t the idea either. When you do that, the cake gets burned. You get injured.
Each case is different, and the blog isn’t the place for individualized advice.
However, I can tell you (conceptually) that it can be much more effective to exercise in a slightly more intense way for say 30 minutes, 3x per week.
And my goodness, doesn’t that feel more doable too?
I love things that are more effective and more doable at the same time. Pick an activity you enjoy and you’re winning on all counts.
The client with the little boys and the bathroom time and the jackets was trying to fit in 7 hours of weekly workout time. Attempting to walk 45 minutes with unhappy kids + 15 minutes of jackets, shoes and kiddie bathroom time, each day. Which she didn’t like. Wasn’t keeping up with. And wasn’t helping in her weight loss anyway.
Instead, we replaced that with 3 days of a type of workout she loves, at the proper intensity… that now gives her immense joy and a TON of exercise benefits, including pants that fit well. Happy mom. Happy kids. More free time for puzzles and other fun experiences together.
Want to discover ways that this can work for you too?
Simply play with this concept on your own. This conceptual understanding can make a huge difference in your experience and your results.
For more comprehensive understanding, pick up a copy of the ebook.
Or book a private session.