Monday, January 21, 2008

10,000 steps

I have been wearing a pedometer for a week. I am averaging 3000 steps a day in my normal day to day routine. This includes walking the dog, the tiny amount I walk during my workday, walking the half block and back to the parking garage, etc.

The next part of the program is to increase my step count by 20% each week until I reach the target of 10,000 steps per day. I had no idea how far 10,000 steps is, so I looked it up. It's 5 miles. So to be a non-sedentary individual, I need to either walk 5 miles per day, or burn 500 calories per day in active exercise. Neither appeals to me, but the walking at least seems achievable.

Of course, being the QUEEN OF ALL BAD TIMING, I have picked the coldest part of the year to start my exercise plan. I loathe the cold. Seriously. Truly. Deeply. So I believe I am going to look like a madwoman at work, trying to achieve 5 miles of walking by roaming the halls of my building so I don't have to go outside at all.

We'll see how it goes. Any improvement has got to be better than nothing, right?

1 comment:

Kitten Herder said...

Maybe I should get a pedometer too. At work, we have about ten interconnected buildings. Sometimes, I take a "walk break" and walk one of the loops through several buildings that we lead me back to my office. If nothing else, it would make me feel virtuous for all the seemingly aimless walking that I do throughout the day.

And, I am SO with you on the cold thing. No need to go outside to do accomplish actual exercise. Sadly, I must walk about two blocks each way for my lunchtime gym break at work. Maybe my next job will have a fitness facility in the building.