Thursday, May 10, 2012
I bought a pedometer, and I am now tracking my steps. I read that to be healthy, we should be walking 10,000 steps a day. Since I've been walking 1-3 miles extra 4-5 times a week since January, the 10,000 step goal has been a cinch. Usually I walk 14,000 - 15,000 steps a day during my work week. Of course, consistency is IMPORTANT, so now I have a pedometer to keep me honest on those weekends when I don't want to do anything but "veg".
My job is actually fairly sedentary 80% of the time, but I take walk breaks, instead of coffee breaks, and I park farther away, take stairs instead of the elevator when I can, return shopping carts to the store after I've unloaded groceries into my car, pace back and forth when I'm waiting for the copier machine, fax machine, or microwave to finish, etc.
I'm also tracking my steps on America on the Move (Americaonthemove.org) because I can pick a trail, and log in my steps each day, and it will show me on a map how much ground I've covered, with city names plotted out. I'm currently navigating the Pacific trail from Mexico through California to Canada. It's pretty neat! There's also a Step Diet forum on SparkPeople! Anyone want to join me on my trek across the globe?