Step it up!!!!
Do I Count my daily steps?
You bet I do. There are two reasons for this, the first is I often suggest that my coaching clients do this and record their results and because I suggest my coaching clients do it I do it, and the second reason is with my slightly addictive personality I now do it because it is a habit.
Why do I suggest my coaching clients do it?
The main goal of a lot of my clients is to lose fat, as we know in it’s simplest form to lose fat we need to be in a caloric deficit. To be in this state we need to use more calories than we consume. One way to use more calories is to move more which can be done in the gym through a well designed exercise programme, but this is by no means the only way and the last thing I want my coaching clients to do is to leave the gym and think, ’great that’s job done for the day’.
There is an important factor called total daily energy expenditure (TDEE), this is the total number of calories that you have burnt in a day and is the value of all the calories that your body needs to complete all the tasks is has to do, plus the number of extra calories that you burn through exercise and general moving around.
So if you go, sorry when you go to the gym, you are burning a higher value of calories than you are when you are doing less work, that stands to reason, but if you then go home and relax the rest of the day and move very little you are losing the opportunity to burn even more calories. By doing more steps you going to use more calories, even fidgeting burns more calories so extra steps will really help.
So how many steps do you need to do?
The more the better, but it does come with a caveat. You need to make sure that your body has the right amount of recovery before your next workout. This is vital to ensure that you can perform at your best and progress through your programme, so I would suggest you record your daily amount of steps for a week, add them together to give you a weekly total, divide that by 7 to give you a daily average and then you can try to beat that figure each day to increase your daily average value and there by increase your TDEE.