Hi friends! It’s Cody here- the other Nutshell RD. I’m sharing a thought that’s been on my mind lately in addition to some recent eats!
How often do you hear people talking about how many steps they’ve taken in a day? I hear about the 10,000 step goal all the time. These days you can be talking to your friends, your coworkers, or your family and literally everyone is familiar with this fitness goal. I can remember when it was rare for a person to know their steps. Now I feel like everyone is hyper-aware. Yes, the increasing popularity of this goal probably has something to do with technology advancements, but no matter how cool the latest and greatest product is, I’m not a fan.
Personally, I’ve never worn a fitness tracker or felt the need to count my steps. Why? Because I know myself and I know I’ll likely begin to feel enslaved to a number goal. This would then make me ignore what my body is telling me and rely on an objective measurement. Where’s the joy in that? It just won’t work for me. I want to listen to my body and what works for ME. Who says 10,000 steps everyday will work for every single person on the planet? We are made much more unique than that and our bodies are much more complicated than that. Robyn and I both talk a lot about intuitive eating and listening to your body. I believe intuitive movement and intuitive eating go hand in hand.
I want to run when I want to run, walk when I want to walk, do barre when I want to do barre, stretch when I want to stretch. While I loooove the outdoors, I want to feel free to sit on the couch all day, enjoy a movie and just do nothing. Because sometimes that’s what my body (and my soul) needs. I don’t want my mood to be drastically affected when I’ve missed an exercise class because I had to work two hours longer than I’d planned or take out anger on my husband because I had to sit in traffic and couldn’t meet a friend for a walk. I also don’t want to compare my steps with my friend’s steps. Or feel guilty for sitting on the couch and reading a book when my husband is out on a run. It’s not worth the stress!
So what if he or she had more time to move around that day? Does that matter? No, absolutely NOT. What matters is how I feel. Comparison truly is the thief of joy and a number makes it so much harder to find that true, joyful freedom.
Is it possible to use a fitness tracker and not obsess? Sure!
For some people that may work. If the steps you take are separate from judgment, viewed purely as a fact and not at all associated with your attitude or self worth…then sure, no problem. Count your steps.
But maybe, you’re like me and you know you will feel guilty if you don’t hit 10,000 steps 4 days in a row or something like that. Should objective measurements define our success in a day or our health or our worth? No way.
Calories, steps, percent of macros – none of that matters or defines who you are! You are uniquely made and we all move at different schedules. Move according to what FEELS good, not according to what you should do or what your fitness tracker tells you to do. You are so much more than a number 🙂