A New Year’s resolution to walk 10 steps every day changed the life of a young American woman.
Chelsea Ritschel decided to take 10,000 steps a day / photo instagram.com/chelsearitschel
In the USA, there is a widespread New Year’s tradition of making promises-commitments: what good/right/useful thing I will definitely do in the new year. Journalist of the publication Independent Chelsea Ritschel told how she made such a New Year’s promise to walk 10,000 steps every day, and what came of it.
“In January and February, I tried to hit my 10,000 step goal a few times. It was one thing to go for a walk every day, but walking for the number of hours it took to get there – especially after a day of working from my couch – seemed incredibly difficult.” , the woman says.
Eventually, in March, she gave up trying to keep the promise altogether, and her daily exercise was limited to a trip to the grocery store, and sometimes none at all.
However, in August, Chelsea saw a friend for the first time in months, with whom they made the same promise of 10,000 steps a day. And unlike the author of the post, her friend really faithfully kept her promise. The 22 kg weight lost by the friend was especially noticeable after several months since the last meeting.
“It was the push I needed to change my lifestyle. On August 9, I completed my first official day of walking, taking 10,200 steps, and was immediately struck by a migraine so bad I had to lie down. The second day was nothing was different, which made me wonder if my body just wasn’t interested in walking that far, or if the pounding footsteps on the pavement were somehow causing my headaches,” Chelsea recalls.
However, it quickly became clear that, walking for several hours in a row in the August heat, the woman was simply dehydrating her body, which caused migraines. When she increased her water intake, she found out that walking 10,000 steps a day is actually quite realistic even for an untrained person.
“From a noticeable improvement in my mental health to a weight loss of 15 pounds (6.8 kg – UNIAN) – this is what I experienced during five months of walking 10,000 steps a day. Although I did not set myself such goal, I soon felt the positive impact of exercise on my overall mindset,” Chelsea said.
The woman also noticed how her sleep improved during this time. Due to fatigue from physical exertion, she spends much less time falling asleep.
Of course, there were noticeable changes in Chelsea’s appearance as well: her legs and arms became noticeably slimmer, cellulite on her thighs decreased.
“When I first stepped on the scale a month after I started walking every day, I was truly amazed to find that I had lost six pounds (2.7 kg – UNIAN). Since I started walking in August, I lost a total of 15 pounds, and I was able to achieve this goal without making any significant changes to my diet,” she assures.
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