Throughout Uni we were told that a good strategy to help clients increase their daily movement was to encourage them to wear a pedometer to track there steps. Although I have often suggested it to clients I have been sceptical about its effectiveness whether it be a pedometer or a Fitbit. Over the last 7 days we were given a challenge at work not only between The Vision team but also the Willows team as well. Not being 100% committed or wanting to spend a lot of money I headed to Kmart and spent a whole $3 on a trusty pedometer. I woke up on Tuesday and put my pedometer on straight away to make the most of every step. After day one I was surprised at how many steps I had been able to accrue and was interested to see what the rest of the week would be like. Each day I’d be constantly checking my steps trying different ways to get more steps in. I have been lacking motivation to get out and exercise since coming back from holidays and was very surprised at how much more I wanted to get out and walk especially on the last day of the challenge. So what have I learnt in the last 7 days? Not only are tracking your steps a good motivator especially for creating a new routine and setting personal goals but also makes you more aware of how much incidental exercise you do throughout the day or lack of. An in-house competition is also a fun way to get everyone more involved.
If anyone is interested which team one the competition? Of course the Vision team came away with the team win despite the great individual efforts from the Willows team.