How I (more than) doubled my steps-per-day

A few months ago I looked back over the last few years’ worth of my smart watch data and was shocked to see my step average had plummeted by over half in the last year or so – coinciding with some other health issues that I believe were related. We’re told to get in at least 10,000 steps per day, and while there’s some debate over that number, I definitely feel my best when I’m consistently getting in lots of natural movement – but sometimes tight schedules and modern conveniences conspire to keep us sedentary! In this episode you’ll hear five ways I’ve gotten those daily steps back up – way up – and how you can create a more movement-oriented mindset, without ever going to the gym.

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My Garmin Vivoactive 4s – I’ve used this watch for daily movement and sleep tracking (as well as keeping time!) for over 3 years and it’s still going strong.

I love these 2-lb Velcro wrist weights with thumb loop. I wear them for the first part of my walk, while I do the stairs, and I incorporate lots of arm movements (both planned and more random) to maximize the “strength training” portion of the day. Then I ditch them in my car and enjoy the rest of my walk like normal. I also have a 20-lb kettlebell in my car and will often tack on a quick leg workout + kettlebell swings at the end of my walk.

I LOVE wearing my Happy Feet toe aligner socks to show my feet a little love at the end of the day!

Vionic insoles – I put these in all my non-Vionic shoes, including my regular sneakers and hiking boots. Vionic is a sponsor; use code TEASMADE at checkout for 15% off.

A good magnesium supplement also helps a lot with foot and other muscle/joint pain.

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Hatch – Well-rested mornings begin with relaxing bedtime routines, and the Hatch Restore 2 offers both. Use code TEA20 for $20 off.

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