Have you reached 10,000 steps a day yet? Or are you wanting to start? Then this post if for you. So the first question really is, which “Walking Dead” character are you when you want to get your 10,000 steps?
Let’s look at each to see:
Rick Grimes: Rick’s is nonstop, he needs something or has to do something he goes at it until the job is done. You get full-blown storm with Rick’s charactor. He would have 10,000 steps done and then some each day!
That’s all great but if you are just starting out walking it’s important to gradually increase your time and distance and not be a Rick Grimes who is constantly on the go in extreme mode! For example you could begin with 2,000 steps on the first day, and gradually increase the steps you take daily over a period of about 30 days until you’re up to 10,000 steps daily. You know your own body the best so listen to it. If you need a plan then head over to my blog post to download a walking plan that I developed to help me when I was starting out.
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Carol: She has to be my favorite character from the show. Unasuming, but strong and dedicated. She has strengh and will-power – how else could she single-handedly wipe out Terminus, come to the aid of her group all the while acting like an unassuming housewife who bakes cookies!
Being more like Carol is a good way to go. It does take dedication to walk your 10,000 steps a day but if you fit it in with your daily life – even if that involves baking cookies – you will get there!
Another trait of Carol is that she’s always well prepared and that is useful when you are starting on your walking journey. To start with, having the right shoes which are comfortable is so important as is the clothes you are wearing. I have several pairs of flat walking shoes and trainers which I use. If you want more help in understanding the difference between walking and running shoes then head over to this blog post to find out more.
Daryl: Leaving aside the cross bow – Daryl is a hard worker, he doesn’t take any nonsense from anyone but at times he acts before he thinks. He is a strong character and he’s ready to take out zombies at the drop of a hat.
Walking will help you become strong but one other thing to consider is to plan and not rush in to either doing too much. Planning our route is also helpful. I have several routes that I take and always let my family know where I am going. You can also change your terrain to make walking more of a work out such as walking up hills, walking on sand whatever is at hand when you go out walking.
Michonne: What an iconic character. Entering the show with her hood hiding her face, samurai sword strapped to her back with two walkers in chains. Michonne does what needs to be done however she has a softer side. It is this side that I really like about this character. With everything that is going on it is so important to talk. Michonne brings that to the Walking Dead.
Going for a walk is great to help with depression, anxiety and stress. Several studies have shown that moderate paced walking reduces stress, anxiety. It is also used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help patients who suffer from depression. It is known as behavioral activation and is very important in CBT as it has to do with the way that behaviors and feelings influence each other. So going for a walk activates the happy endorphins which in turn helps change your mood.
Eugene: A character that got by on his talking to get others to help him, he was initially all talk and no action. He says 50 worlds when 10 would do, at the start making excuses of why he couldn’t fight even after his best friend Eugene was killed by Negan.
Talking about starting to walk is good but doing is requires you to start. Set yourself a small achievable goal and go from there. At the start of my walking journey I went too quickly and had to stop for the next few days. I then decided to start a proper plan which I developed myself – you can download my plan for free from here. Don’t just talk about starting, start today even if it’s marching on the spot – walking has so many great benefits.
Maggie: What a strong character. She fights for those who she loves but yet no matter what life throws at her she holds it together and carries on often stronger for it. She is so resilient.
You don’t have to fight to fit walking in to your daily routine. In fact it doesn’t have to be as complicated as Maggie’s day to day life – you are already doing it every day, you just have to do more of it. For example, by fitting in more steps during your everyday routine walking can help you:
- Lose weight.
- Prevent cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
- Ease symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.
- Reduce body fat.
- Strengthen your body.
- Improve your memory.
- Help you sleep better.
The Walkers: Slow and unyielding, putrefied insides, decaying flesh and no heartbeat, yet they continue to walk around aimlessly with no goal in sight.
If you want to walk for weight loss setting a goal is a great way of keeping on track. Below I’ve listed some ways you can increase your daily steps, you could pick one or two of these and decide that’s going to be your goal.
- If you have a desk job like me, set your alarm to buzz every 50 mins, get up from your desk and march on the spot for 250 steps. Do that for every hour you are in work and that can all add up to a great way of geting in your 10,000 steps.
- I love shopping, so whether you are at the grocery store or clothes shopping, walk around all the stores once or twice to see how many steps you can get in. I’ve managed to get my 10,000 steps shopping. You can see my video of shopping in Belfast below.
- When at work, instead of emailing your colleague, walk to their desk and have a conversation instead. Also, when you need to visit a restroom, choose one on another floor if possible.
- I know all these electronic gadgets are fun and make life easy but they also mean there are times when we really don’t get off the sofa! Instead of using your smart device, get up and use the remote by leaving it a bit further away from where you are sitting. Get creative around the house in order to get your 10,000 steps in.
- If you take public transport to work, get off a stop or two early. If you drive to work, leave the car further away so you can get your steps in.
- Go for a walk after dinner. It’s a great time to chat to your family or friends – especially hen you have children, it’s a great way of spending quality time together.
- Use your lunch break to go for a brisk walk, even if it’s 10 minutes it will help increase your steps.
- Take the stairs and avoid the elevator or escalator.
Which Walking Dead character are you?
Have you figured out which Walking Dead character you want to be for walking 10,000 steps?
I have to admit to being scared at first when I attempted 10,000 steps so I was just like Eugene, I was all talk too until I decided to be more like Carol, by planning and getting stuck in! Once I had my plan and goals that were realistic I was able to do a little bit each day. My aim for doing this is simpleI want to be healthier, fit and live longer!
Before I finish I want to help you be more like Carol and less like the Walkers! Head over to download a walking plan to get you started on achieving your walking goals.