By now I’m sure you’ve seen my daily Fitbit stats postings on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook. They look a little something like this one from 2/29:
Every time I share these numbers, someone asks how I manage to move while in so much pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Aren’t I afraid I’ll be in more pain? Aren’t I tired? I made a commitment to myself this year to move for 2,016 miles in 2,016. Seems crazy, right? (See this post for an explanation). Do I go to the gym for hours? No!
First step- I don’t leave the house in the morning under 1,000 steps. I march in place while I brush my teeth, dry my hair, etc. It’s important for me to move because my commute to work is at least 45 minutes. Sitting still for that long makes my joints angry so it’s helpful to get some movement in first thing.
Next- I have step goals throughout the day.
This is on a cabinet on my office. Confession, I rarely leave work at 7,500. More like 6,500. I have a pretty sedentary job so I make sure I move all day. I asked for a headset for my office phone so I can pace around on long calls. I jog in my office for a few minutes each hour.
Simply moving your joints around throughout the day is so important. It truly reduces stiffness.
How do you keep yourself moving throughout the day? I’d love some tips!