A couple of years ago, I started wearing a pedometer. I was curious to see how many steps I was taking each day, then chagrined to find that I fell well short of the 10,000 recommended by the experts. So I started doing little things—marching in place while brushing my teeth, pacing the room while on the phone, using the rest room one floor down at work—to try to get my number up. And it worked!
Making those tiny changes took almost no extra time but yielded huge benefits. I can now power up stairs without getting winded, have more energy throughout the day and have noticed that the scale is more forgiving when I indulge, thanks to the extra calories I’m burning. Plus, I can always find a parking spot right away at the supermarket because I’m not jockeying to be near the front door.
Small investments that yield big payoffs is the whole idea behind Sharecare’s Make a Change Challenge. Improving your health—and your life—doesn’t have to be a huge production. All it takes is doing a few little things differently.
This week Sharecare challenges you to find one way to move more. Try this do-anywhere move from Elite Trainer Joel Harper and enter to win one of 10 sets of the Zumba Exhilarate DVD Experience. The more weeks of the Challenge you enter, the greater your chances of snagging the $6,000 grand prize.
There’s no need to get a pedometer. Simply stand or walk whenever it makes sense, swear off elevators in favor of the stairs or turn up the tunes and dance around during the commercials or while dinner’s cooking.
Move your booty, firm your booty and maybe even win some booty! It’s as simple as that.
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