One of my all-time favorite business quotes is “What is measured is managed” because it summarizes the key principle that knowledge gives you the power to take action. IF you know what is or isn’t working in your marketing, if you are constantly aware of your progress toward that goal, if you tie every single one of your activities to a measurable result, you have a much better chance of succeeding.
Thanks to Omron Fitness and the #FitwithOmron challenge, I learned the same holds true for your fitness. What is measured is managed. Just as awareness of results (good or bad) in business prompts action, knowing how you are doing toward achieving your fitness goals (good or bad) prompts action.
About the #FitwithOmron Challenge
It started with simply wearing an Omron HJ-112 Pocket Pedometer (rated #2 by CR recently and #1 for over 10 years). Nothing else. No sudden changes to your routine, no extraordinary fitness goals, just wear the pedometer to keep track of how many steps you take in a day.
I was curious to see how I measured up against the ideal goal of 10,000 steps a day. I figured it couldn’t be all that bad since I walked my daughter to school every morning and bounced up and down the stairs during my work-at-home day to grab a snack or throw a load of laundry in.
Surely that HAD to add up to something.
Something averaged out to be around 6,500 steps a day with a higher average on weekends or days when I spent less time in front of the computer. A tad disappointing? Yes. A tad shocking? Definitely. A giant kick in the pants? Absolutely!
What wasn’t being measured wasn’t being managed. In my blissful ignorance, I figured that I must be doing okay. The reality was that despite being an active skier, hiker, Frisbee player, I wasn’t getting enough activity in during my workweek.
Lessons from the #FitwithOmron Challenge
Stay Active Throughout the Day – On the days when I walked my daughter to school, fit in a 30-minute whirlwind power clean of the house, walked to pick my daughter up from school, reaching 10,000 was pretty easy. Aim to fit your steps in throughout the day.
It ALL Adds Up – Our morning routine takes about 300 steps, losing your keys takes about 500 steps, walking to and from school about 1,500 steps, using the bathroom on the opposite floor takes 35 steps. You get the idea. Find creative ways to work in those extra steps.
Don’t Cheat – It’s easy to bail out and say to yourself, “I’ll take extra steps TOMORROW.” Funny how that NEVER happens. Consider your step goal set in stone and if you get to the end of the day and you are short 3,000, know how you are going to make them up. For me, it was walking on the treadmill at a good pace.
Use Measuring as Motivation – Seeing how close you are to your daily goal is the best motivation. It’s what prompts you to dream up crazy ways to get in just a few extra steps!
Springboard to Other Changes – Building awareness around your daily activity is the perfect opportunity to become aware of your other habits. Use your 10,000 steps achievement as a reason to make other changes, like eating better or getting more sleep.
Some days, it’s the stern warning that you aren’t doing enough, other days it’s your own personal cheerleader celebrating your accomplishments. Whatever it is, there is something about clipping on a pedometer every morning that signals the intention you are setting for the day. That in itself is a victory!
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