I walk 20,000 steps every day. Clearly, I love walking for fitness. I’m also on a mission to help others see walking as a whole lot more than just the ability to get from here to there.
Hi, I’m Dave.
Walking has improved my health. I think better. I’m more creative. Walking calms my stress. And, these aren’t benefits unique to just me. They are available to everyone. There’s plenty of science and research to back that up. That’s one of the topics I cover regularly with this blog.
The problem with walking for fitness is it’s not very cool. It’s also more like a slow cooker instead of a microwave. Fitness takes time and because walking is less intense it takes a little more time.
But, I’m OK with that because walking for fitness is sustainable, flexible, effective, and FUN! I cover all of that in this blog too.
I also write a lot about my wife, Ava. She runs for fitness, but also enjoys walking with me. And, when she’s doing a marathon I’m the support staff and cheering section when she crosses the finish line.
Ava and I are the parents of six children and six grandchildren. This picture was taken before our last grandchild was born, but has everybody else…although one of our sons had to FaceTime so he could be in the picture. He’s in the Navy and was stationed in Hawaii when this was taken. Looking forward to the day when all of us are in the same space again…even if for only a couple days.
It may seem like I walk ALL DAY LONG, but I really don’t. I’m part of a morning radio show on 95.1 SHINE-FM in Baltimore. I’ve been here for a long time, but it’s been even longer since I made the decision as a 15-year old that I wanted to be a morning DJ. It’s been an incredible ride.
Even though my goal is 20,000 steps a day, I don’t want anyone to feel like that should be their goal too. In fact, I believe most people shouldn’t even aim for 10,000 steps. At least, not to start. The key to any fitness program is starting small to build a habit and enjoying a fitness win every day.
TAKE THE CHALLENGE
If you want to improve your fitness in 2020 I want to encourage you to take the 30 Day Fitness Challenge. You’ll set a small step goal to reach every day for 30 days.
As you reach your daily goal you’ll create a fitness habit and with those daily wins you’ll begin to build your own fitness momentum. That momentum eventually leads to fitness transformation.
To take The 30 Day Fitness Challenge I recommend three things:
To optimize The 30 Day Fitness Challenge you’ll need a step tracker. I recommend the Fitbit Inspire HR. While it’s not cheap, it’s less than a few months at the gym. The Inspire HR also tracks your heart rate and sleep so you get an even wider picture of your fitness progress.
(By the way…if you use the link above to but a Fitbit Inspire HR this blog will receive a small commission. It won’t add anything to what you pay, but letting you know is the right thing to do)
Of course, you could walk and get the same fitness benefits without a step tracker. But, with a Fitbit you start seeing fitness as an all-day thing and not simply those 30 minutes when you’re “taking a walk.” It was a complete game changer when I got my first Fitbit.
30 DAY CHALLENGE GUIDE
Download this free guide to the 30 Day Fitness Challenge to begin your journey. It includes a worksheet to help you set your daily step goal, a contract to make with yourself (I know that sounds cheesy, but it really works), and a 30 Day Challenge Win Tracker to track your daily wins.
It’s probably no surprise to learn that most people who set a fitness goal don’t finish. The first 30 days are the most critical!
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This blog is designed to help readers embrace walking as fitness activity. It’s sustainable, flexible, effective, and fun. Every week I post new articles with stories and helpful suggestions to Win at Fitness.
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Let’s make 2020 the year fitness finally sticks!