Even small steps can change a lot

Interview with Edgar Vieth, Head of Personnel at Roche Diagnostics GmbH, about motion

How can movement be integrated into the daily business of a manager? 
Edgar Vieth, Head of Personnel at Roche Diagnostics GmbH, tells in his interview, how pedometers or Activity Trackers can motivate to change your motional behavior and why he prefers to take the stairs instead of the elevator for an appointment in the 6th floor. Additionally, he gives some hints about how you can improve your health by just changing tiny things in your daily life.

What I’m expecting from an Activity Tracker…

To be honest, I’m expecting a lot, because the topic itself is linked to a great sensitization. I was using a pedometer for a very long time, just to count how many steps I was taking every day. I have to admit, I almost never achieved the recommended 10.000 steps. But, by using the pedometer, I was encouraged to change my behavior.

Further, I was expecting the thought of the human play instinct as well as the thought of competition.

By using the pedometer, my motion behavior was presented to myself like I was looking into a mirror. Thus, I was always able to see how many steps I have already taken and was motivated to do more.

By using the Activity Tracker, I set myself the goal that …

… I’ll correct my habits and thus get more into motion and a healthier life.

In addition, the Activity Tracker doesn’t only count the number of steps, but also the burned calories. Since I do a lot of sports – e.g. jogging or cycling – it is very interesting for me to know, how many kilometers I already covered and how many calories I already burnt.

There already exist a lot of applications, which show, how many calories you consume. Compared with the Activity Tracker, I get a pretty clear idea of how I can keep myself in a very good balance: how many calories did I burn in a day and how many did I consume.

What changed since you are concentrating on the issue of movement?

On the one hand, I started to eat more consciously. On the other hand, I’m now paying more attention to how much I`m in motion and whether I need to do more.

For example, my pedometer illustrated that I didn`t move a lot on Sundays. I only reached about 1.000 steps. I was really shocked and wanted to change that quickly. Now I started to go for a walk or go biking on Sunday afternoons instead of sitting on the couch. Same during the week, I arranged to go jogging twice a week or at least go for a short stroll around the block.

I wasn`t expecting that …

… I was moving that less on Sundays! I used to take 1.000 steps only!

What hints can you give, if someone wants to integrate more exercises in daily life?

Pedometers or Activity Trackers are very useful tools for people, who are planning to increase their exercising level. However, in my opinion, you shouldn’t expect too much from yourself: You should rather start with small steps, instead of not being able to reach your goals. That would only demotivate you unnecessarily. As I have already mentioned, everyone can implement a small Sunday walk. Another idea is to use the stairs more often, instead of using an elevator.

Recently I had an appointment with a colleague, whose office is on the 6th floor of the logistics building. I didn’t use the elevator as I was used to - this time I took the stairs. Although I have to admit that I was out of breath as I arrived on the 6th floor, I was happy that I did something good for my health. Surprisingly it didn’t cost me extra time. Tiny things like those can easily be implemented by everyone. At the same time, they have a great impact on your health and give you a good feeling, because you realize that you increased your motions.

We are thanking Mr. Vieth very much for this interesting interview!

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