It just might be time to get myself moving.

It’s winter in Maine. I’m cold, and I’m far more comfortable on my couch with a good book and a cup of tea. However, my doctor and everything I read on the internet tell me I should get moving.

For years, I have worked two jobs, sometimes 60-70 hours a week. There was never time to “squeeze in” a workout. However, at least one of my jobs was as a waitress or bartender, so I kept moving.

In October, I decided to resign from my most recent waitressing position and focus on my family and building LivePositive. It wasn’t until January that I realized I don’t walk anywhere – nope – not anywhere. My “day” job is primarily a desk job. If I’m not at one desk, I’m sitting in my car, traveling to a different desk. On average, I spend five hours a week on the road and probably 25-30 in front of my computer. And SOMEHOW, when I get home, I’m TIRED. So I sit to eat dinner or sit to hang with my kids. Then I get back in front of the computer, sitting again, to work here.

I promise I’m not lazy. But I don’t move. I used to keep track of steps when I was waitressing, and I’d hit 10K-12k a night. Now, I average 2K-3K a DAY. I realized I really need to get moving. BUT, I live in Maine and it’s COLD in Maine right now. 3 degrees to be exact. I also live in Mid Coast Maine on a peninsula. The nearest store is 20 minutes away. Although we have amazing hikes available in the summer, in the winter, we are pretty much locked down.

So I’ve made a list for myself – and I’m willing to share – of ways to add steps to my day. These are suggestions for Moms and Dads, whether you are working or at home.

  1. Walk around the house picking up after the kids. This is guaranteed to add at least 1000 steps…
  2. IF you have a grocery list – Don’t organize your list by areas in the store. Write that list as you think of things, then shop in the order they appear on the list. If you are as scattered as I am, this could add up to 1500 steps to your day.
  3. Park in the back of the parking lot (when temperatures are above 32 at least) and carry at least one child, or 20 pound purse/diaper bag to the store. Adding steps AND Strength Training!
  4. When you get home, carry the groceries in one bag at a time. Or ALL AT ONCE if your focus is still strength training!
  5. When the mail man brings you the neighbor’s mail, walk it up the street and hand deliver. (Yes, small town life – this may not work everywhere.)
  6. When talking on the phone hide from your children. As they find you, hide again, and again. This could add up to 750 steps per day, depending on how much outside contact you need and how good you are at hiding.
  7. Ditch the laundry basket. Whether putting laundry into the machine, taking it out of the dryer, or putting it away, carry things by hand so you will have to make more trips, adding more steps. (Assuming you LOVE laundry, because if your household is anything like mine, this could take ALL day)
  8. Every time you ask your child to do something, walk away. If you walk back and they haven’t done it, repeat…. This could potentially cover your 10,000 steps right here.
  9. Find the remote (or the keys, the thermometer, or whatever is lost at the moment) This is a fun game that happens in my house quite frequently. When looking for something, walk around the house looking in one place in each room.
  10. Each time your child says “Mom” or “Dad”, do a squat. It’s not really steps, but your legs will be feeling the burn by 9am.

I’m starting today!