A few weeks ago, I was following my daughter around the park. She just learned to walk 2 months ago so she still stumbles sometimes. That doesn’t stop her. She walks everywhere, exploring her newfound freedom. It got me wondering how many steps she actually takes in a day. In an experiment to prove that we should all be more like babies in order to stay healthy, I put a Fitbit on her for 5 days. I took it off her when I carried her around for more than a minute and put it back on her when she was running around.
Move Like a Baby
I’ve had a Fitbitfor almost 2 years. It’s been great motivation for me and my goal is to hit 10,000 steps a day. On days that I run 3 miles or more, I tend to hit that goal. On days that I don’t exercise, I hover more around 4K-5K steps, sometimes more if I’m cleaning a lot that day. Over the 5 day period, she had days as low as 6,000 steps and days with almost 9,000 steps. This is a 2 1/2 foot baby that weighs 22 lbs and she’s outdoing me somedays! The picture below was an average day for her, it said she walked 3.5 miles that day. 3.5 miles!! For a 13 month old! I thought about the many days that I didn’t hit as many as her and it’s pretty embarrassing. My point – move more. But you already knew that, right?
Eat Like a Baby
If you want to be more healthy, you definitely should eat like a baby. My baby is still nursing so obviously that doesn’t translate to an adult’s diet, but the rest of her diet should. She eats 3 meals with us a day. I make sure that her meals are balanced. She loves foods like chicken, blueberries, peas and green beans. I make sure that the majority of the food she is eating is organic as I want to be careful about what she puts into her body. She also has small snacks throughout the day to keep her going. We might share a peach, string cheese or cup of yogurt. She does have sweets occasionally but it’s never 5 scoops of ice cream, it’s like 5 bites of ice cream. She also walks around a lot with a sippy cup of water and drinks all day long. Between nursing and water, I would say that she takes in around 25-30 ounces a day which is more than her body weight so she is definitely staying hydrated.
Sleep Like a Baby
Babies get a lot of sleep. Mine doesn’t sleep through the night. She gets up 2-3 times during a 12 hour period. Even though she gets up, she still has that 12 hour period and then 2 naps during the day that are between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours. She wakes up smiling, happy and ready for the day. If you’ve ever seen a baby after a full night’s rest and how happy they are, you know what I’m talking about. Wouldn’t we all feel better if we were getting more sleep and be more apt to wake up with a smile on our face? I get that some adults say that they just can’t get enough sleep. Believe me, I know how that is, but a balance can be found. I work until midnight some nights, take call at the hospital and wake up with the baby. I go to sleep when she does and don’t hesitate to take naps when my husband is home or ask for help elsewhere.
It’s true that babies don’t have any responsibility like adults do, but if we prioritize, move more, watch what we put in our mouths and make better decisions, our health will thank us. How are you measuring up?