I Will Walk 10,000 Steps – Deeper Sleeper Challenge #5

I loved this months Sealy Deeper Sleeper Challenge! I’m already quite an active person and so when I received my Pedometer in the post, I jumped for joy. 10,000 steps a day? This was the perfect excuse to drag my friends and family out and about with me!

I already have a pedometer app on my phone and find it incredibly useful. Personally, I use Pacer and it’s completely free. I first downloaded it out of curiosity. You may think I you aren’t that active but just walking to the end of the road can be 100 steps. The steps quickly add up! I now keep using the app with my sister. It’s great to compare what we both do and I can’t lie, it has turned into a bit of a competition to see who can do more. A competition to see who does the most exercise? That’s the best kind!

Personally, I prefer using the app on my phone than a clip-on pedometer. Not just because you’re less likely to forget your phone when you go out but also because the buttons on the pedometer were very easy to press. Bear with me. If you place the pedometer on your trousers, like advised, whenever you bend over you find that you accidentally press reset without noticing. It became frustrating and impossible to keep track of how many steps I was actually doing. However, this was a problem with this particular model of pedometer and not pedometers in general.

As an active person, I’m already aware of the impact a little bit of fresh air can have on your health and wellbeing. On those days where I manage to get out, I can fall asleep as my head hits the pillow. Perfect! However, on a Sunday, where I dedicate all my time to catching up on any work I’ve missed with StudentWire, it can take a while for me to drift off.

It’s advised that you should take 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy however just aim to walk more. The UK National Obesity Forum says that anything between 7,000 and 10,000 is considered ‘moderately healthy’ so just strive to do as much as you can. Walking is one of the few sports where you can do as much as you like and there are 0 negative effects, only positive! The NHS has found that the average Brit only walks 3,000 steps a day so if you’re above this, congrats!

Walking 10,000+ steps is great. You loose weight, get fitter, sleep better and your mood/motivation is drastically improved. There is not a single downside to this challenge. I challenge you to all get out and get active.

Do you enjoy exercise? Do you do enough exercise during the day? What prevents you from reaching your targets? Let us know in the comments or on our twitter page.

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Brittany Guymer

Editor of the Student Wire | Studying PR and Journalism at Leeds Beckett | Lover of good music and all things quirky | Easily bribed with mini eggs

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