There are days when you feel like you haven’t been active at all and you get a nice little surprise when you look in your Leaf app and see that, in fact, you’ve reached your activity goal.
Sometimes walking or sightseeing may not seem like physical exercise but they do a lot of good for your body and health. Then there are those days, of course, when you feel like you’ve hit your 10 000 step goal and it turns out you’re really only half way there (due to running on the treadmill and forgetting to put music on, so it seems like we’ve been running for an eternity). Does this sound familiar? 🙂
Luckily, with your trusty Leaf there’s no second guessing anymore. Monitoring your progress regularly motivates you to continue with your decision to move more and be healthier. And being consistent helps you get in shape faster. Counting your steps is a good way to keep track of your active time during the day, learn which activities bring you closer to your goals, and let’s admit it – it’s pretty good motivation!
There’s no better feeling than hitting your daily goal. Sometimes it will even happen without visiting the gym so you will learn that every activity counts!
But how much should you strive to reach? Are 10 000 steps an ideal goal for everybody?
Setting your goal varies on a lot of things. We’ve touched on this in one of our previous blog post and you can read the entire article here.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults should strive for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week, or an equivalent combination of both.
– World Health Organization –
How to set your goals?
Think about the short-term and long-term goals you want to achieve
Start gradually increasing the number of steps you are currently making
Find the best activity that works for you. It will be much easier to motivate yourself to be more active if you are doing an activity you actually enjoy
Be proud of your achievements
Start with baby steps
If you’re just starting to get more active, it’s important to start with baby steps. Think about your day and which part of the day you could use to be more active. For instance, do you live close to your office? How about replacing a drive with a walk? If you have to travel to work, think about parking a bit further and walking 15 minutes to your office. When you start taking care of how much you move, you will see how addictive the step counting can be. Be warned: you could catch yourself checking your step count in the Leaf app just before going to bed and find yourself walking around the house to make up the last 500 steps. Been there, done that! 🙂
Move it your way
If you’re already quite active, a goal of 10 000 steps may seem too little. Everybody’s different and Leaf gives you the option to set personal goals and get reminders to urge you along. It’s important to start at the level you are at and find a strategy that works for you. Explore different activities to get those extra steps and chase your goals.
How often do you sync your Leaf? There’s no right or wrong answer here. When it comes to counting steps – we believe that every step and every activity counts, so it’s perfectly understandable if you want to know about every step you take towards your well-being goal.
Share your progress
Sometimes, when we tell someone about something or we post online, it just becomes real. Posting your progress on social media can benefit you and your friends as well. You will feel proud of yourself and receive extra support while achieving your goals, and your friends may feel motivated to start doing the same.
Sharing your progress from your Leaf app is easy. Just click on the Share button in the app to share a motivational quote or choose the photo from your library that you wish to post with your progress.
What’s your daily activity goal? Do you find our sharing cards motivational? We would like to hear your feedback or any suggestions on how to make your Leaf app even better and more inspiring!