Given our busy lives and demands on our incomes, many moms don't have time for the gym to stay fit. Rather than giving up on fitness, there's an inexpensive solution that is available 24/7: Walking. And Striiv is just the tool to kick start your walking workout.
Leading studies have shown that walking 30 minutes a day can dramatically reduce risks of heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. And let's not forget about the vanity factor. Walking burns calories--about 100 calories per mile for a 180-pound person.
We spoke to fitness expert, Shannon Sodano, about ways to integrate walking workouts into our busy days. Shannon has a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from NYU where she graduated with honors and also earned All-American Honors as a Cross Country Runner. But that's not to say she doesn't love walking too.
Health experts recommend 30 minutes of movement five days a week to prevent disease and sustain health. Shannon advises someone wanting to start a new routine to "Check out your schedule and see if you can fit even just 10 more minutes of walking into your daily flow. Maybe you'll add a bit more walking into your commute by exiting the car bus or train a few stops further from your home or office, or using 10 minutes of your lunch break to get outside and move." Once you are in a routine, gradually increase your walking time.
One tip to keep motivated: Add a social aspect. Shannon advises finding a walking group or a single walking buddy. "Then, your walking time, even if it's just your 10 minutes at your lunch break, becomes an enjoyable priority," says Shannon. Why not used some of the social features of Striiv to meet other moms on a quest for fitness!
On Facebook, members are sharing the fun of the gaming aspect:
On Twitter, moms are sharing their goals and accomplishments and encouraging other moms to join the movement: