Thanks to the tireless counting of my Fitbit, I know that I took over 15,000 steps yesterday and the day before. I did this very deliberately, and I enjoyed those steps. I am not positive I'll get to 15,000 steps today, but I do know that I'll do my best to stay active until I just can't stand it anymore, and I will reach my daily minimum goal of 10,000.
When I earned my 15,000 steps per day badge for the first time, which was on Wednesday, it told me something really interesting. It said "Congratulations on taking 15,000 steps today! That is over 3x the national average!"
That is just embarrassing, America. I mean, 5,000 steps is what you can get toodling around the office, back and forth to the printer and coffee machine. 5,000 steps is walking the dog for a little while. 5,000 steps is... well, it is unacceptable if we want to be a fitter nation.
You know, that sounds like I'm coming down on folks who aren't active. There are many reasons not to be active, and most of them are very valid. However, there is one that I really refuse to accept any more. It is "I don't have the time." You might not have the time today, but you can make the time tomorrow. You CAN. If you think you can't, get more creative. There has to be a way to not find the time, but MAKE the time. I got those 15,000+ steps because I made the choice to get up, bundle up, get outside and move my body. Were there other things I had to sacrifice to get it done? You bet.
Do I regret them?
I really hope folks who are thinking that time is a good excuse to be sedentary will think again. God made humans capable of walking in the rain, in the snow, in the dark, in the cold, and also in the sunshine and fresh air. Make the time to show your humanity! Get out there and MOVE.