Stepping too it: quick tips to increase your daily steps

sport, healthy lifestyle and objects concept - close up of dumbbLast year, I got a fitbit and quickly became addicted to…o.k., maybe obsessed with…getting steps.  It tied in nicely with my overall plan to get fit and helped keep me motivated and moving, both of which I needed, and I set myself the target of 10,000 steps a day – which is the number recommended by pretty much every website out there.
I thought it would be easy.  It wasn’t.  I have a desk-based job and – it turns out – rarely took more than 5,000 steps a day unless I was on the road or rushing between meetings. So, slowly, I built up my steps, adding activities that would help me reach that magic number.  It worked and now, without too much effort, I regularly hit my new target of 12,500.
I mentioned it on twitter a while ago and found I wasn’t alone in the need of adding steps so I thought I’d share some of my favourite tricks for getting moving… Continue reading “Stepping too it: quick tips to increase your daily steps”

Reasons to be Happy (part one)

Abraham Lincoln said, “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds to be.”  At least I think it was Lincoln.  Whoever said it, it’s very true.  This week, I was feeling more than a bit grumpy.  I was working on a project that wasn’t inspiring me at all and – over on my book blog – a reading slump was getting me down; not even my favourite author could get me back in the groove.
Then, last night, sat with a glass of wine and an episode of Real Housewives, I had a bit of a lightbulb moment.  Life really wasn’t that bad and the things that were getting me down just weren’t worth getting down about at all.  I went to bed feeling a little lighter and determined to see the good and feel the happy…. Continue reading “Reasons to be Happy (part one)”

Smile (it might make someone's day)…

selfie-465563_1920A couple of years ago, at a work’s conference, I was lucky enough to hear from a guest speaker who told the story of how he had been contemplating suicide and how a complete stranger, seeing he was in trouble, had taken the time to stop and talk to him, to find out what was going on and help him get help.
It was an amazingly powerful story but one thing in particular stuck with me.  It was when he said that, as he went out on what he thought would be his last day, he had made himself a deal – if one person smiled at him, just one, he wouldn’t kill himself.  For people who are feeling sad or lonely, he said, one smile can make all the difference. Continue reading “Smile (it might make someone's day)…”

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