How are the steps coming? Do you need suggestions for working more steps naturally into your day? Here’s one that changed my numbers dramatically.
I used to be frustrated at the amount of time I had to spend on the phone. I wanted to be moving, but felt tethered to my chair while I handled calls for my home-based business, church matters, friends that needed an ear, and elderly relatives who were lonely and wanted to tell me their life stories. I wanted to be a blessing to all these folks, but talking and listening just don’t burn up many calories.
Then it occurred to me that I wasn’t really tied to my chair. My phone doesn’t have a cord. I started getting up and walking around the house during phone calls. Soon it became a habit and now I automatically start walking when someone calls me.
Instead of making me sedentary, those calls set me in motion. The sometimes tiresome calls — the ones that required me to be on hold or that involved listening to a beloved family member tell me a well-worn story yet again — became my gentle workout time. They were transformed from an irritation to a boon. I would think, “Oh, good. It’s So-and-so. She’s good for a couple thousand steps at least!”
If you are having trouble getting in the steps you need, start walking when the phone rings. And if you don’t have a lonely relative or friend who calls you frequently to give your numbers a boost — I recommend you find one or two and start giving them calls. It’s an easy way to be a blessing — and to get one.
Eating to live and living for Christ.
Susan Jordan Brown