I have finally measured my steps to work with a pedometer. And… who knew? Looks like I have been walking more steps than I thought: during my 2.5 mile round-trip daily walks to work, I’ve been walking about 8,000 steps each day! And that doesn’t include walking around at work and at home, taking Ellis for a walk, or anything else I do.
So, those of you who are walking with me, if you are on the shorter side and take pretty small steps, your current translation from miles to steps might not be right. Matt can walk the same distance, but take only about 1/2-2/3 as many steps. And for the cardiovascular workout, the most important thing is the steps. If you’re using the Google maps link (thanks, Sadge!), you may not have to walk as far as we originally thought.
I do feel better, because I was having a difficult time adding more to my routine. So I will continue to do my walks, maybe take the long way home from work, and be happy with my exercise for now. I’ll wear the pedometer around all day this week just to make sure I’m at 10,000, but I’m pretty confident I’ll get there easily.
A couple of you have asked about what “counts”. If you feel like gardening, playing sports, or other forms of exercise are getting you to a healthy body and keeping you from polluting the environment, then I have zero problem with it! The goal of this is to get us to use our own free and environmentally sound form of transportation: our own two feet.
Here Is Who Has Joined Me On This Challenge:
- katecontinued (and her robotic step counter)
Please feel free to join anytime – sign up here. Did I miss anyone?
How Are You Doing With Your Walks?
Even if you’re not officially joining the challenge, feel free to write about your walking. Do you enjoy it?