National Steps Challenge

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress. – Barack Obama

Just received my steps tracker yesterday. You would have known it, if you have been following me on Instragram.

It’s a program organized by the Health Promotion Board (HPB). Similar to the ones that my company has been hosting annually, you get rewarded for every steps that you make.

We have become a society where we need rewards to stay active. Not that I’m complaining for the extra tidbits, but being healthy should be an intrinsic motivation by itself.

The daily recommended steps are 10000. From past experiences, I usually just barely made it to 7000.

How to make it to 10000 steps daily? Alight one or two bus stop earlier and walk to your destination. Walk around your neighborhood after dinner. Take the stairs, instead of the elevators.

Talking about stairs, it has recently been an extra-duty exercise for me. I used to be seated at 6th floor office before moving to the 2nd floor office. As I need to constantly access the production area at 8th, I decided to take the stairs.

It didn’t post any challenge walking from 6th floor to the 8th floor. But it was truly a different experience altogether to be walking from 2nd to 8th. At the very first time I attempted it, I gasped for air. I was breathless.

Even if you could clock 10000 steps a day, it doesn’t mean you are healthy if all you are doing is just running for 10km after work. 10000 steps is a guideline, meant to be completed throughout the day. Meant to be a series of exercises, not a single exercise by itself.

It is far healthier to be constantly on the move. Sitting for prolonged duration is bad for health. From what I heard, sitting for more than 30 minutes at a single go is bad for health.

Well then, I should continue to clock my steps. What would you do to stay healthier, to always keep on the move?
Meng

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