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10,000 steps is harder than I thought it would be.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I bought a Fitbit this summer. I had a pedometer a long time ago, and liked it, and I thought that if I got a new one maybe it would encourage me to walk more. I am kind of competitive, and I like gadgets, so when my friend bought one I figured I would get one too, and then I could beat her every day at walking! Ha!

It's hard to get 10,000 steps. I walk to work every morning, and home in the afternoon, and I figured that right there that would get me a couple thousand steps. Which it does, but I didn't realize quite how little other walking I do. I walk across campus to go to the library or to visit one of my friends in their classrooms--to the library and back is about 300 steps. I walk to get copies made--again, 250-300 steps round trip. My boss's office is 45 steps away, the water cooler is 15, the bathroom is 32. These are not long trips.

I cannot imagine what people who drive to work do, because I make a huge effort to walk during the day and when I get home I am usually around 5,000 steps; without my morning and afternoon walks to and from work I would be around 3,000. Thank God for Leslie Sansone; I find her voice horribly grating, but since all she really does is walk, I mute the volume and watch an episode of television while I walk along with her. Between her video and my Bollywood dance workout DVD, I can usually get my count near 10,000 for the day.

I have tried pacing my classroom while teaching, but it is really not my style, and there are only so many times one can walk around the campus each day. I only have 10 minutes between blocks, and I need to use those to go to the bathroom or pick up copies. I usually take a walk during my prep period, but my campus is not really located in an area where you can just go off campus for a stroll, plus it's about 95 degrees, so unless I want to be really sweaty, I have to keep the walk short.

Luckily I have Zumba two days a week. That kills about 5000 steps in an hour and then I can go home and collapse on the couch and feel virtuous.

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    All I get is about 10 steps to the car, so you're doing pretty well. How do you like your Fitbit? I was going to buy it, but it's just too expensive, and I promised myself not to spend money on exercise equipment and other weight loss related stuff.
    1646 days ago
    I sit at a desk all day so I wouldn't even get half the steps you get a day! But yeah for exercises like Zumba and Step for me. That's where I get all my cardio!
    1649 days ago
    Woo Hoo
    1649 days ago
    Isn't it just! I walk to and from work as well but I've only just started making it to 10,000 since I started using my Wii Zumba.
    1649 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
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    1650 days ago
    I would get about 2000 steps per class - but I was teaching middle school, and art is a more physically active subject than most of the academics.

    For a while, I'd get to school early and walk the perimeter of the campus. Or, during breaks, I'd take the long way to the office. Added up.

    But yeah, to reach 10k I'd have to add a walk after school. (My fave hot day walk was to go to the mall, or to a big store like Home Depot, and walk in the AC. Probably no malls where you are, huh, LOL!)
    1650 days ago
    emoticon and you will find ways to make it work! I want a fitbit soooo bad!
    1650 days ago
    Keep step my friend.... and I will too!!!!
    1650 days ago
  • MUFFIY831
    I totally agree! I generally only hit my 10000 steps on days I run 2-3 miles.
    1650 days ago
    You would think you walk more than that but those things are rigged I think....I cry foul play!!! lol

    God bless & keep stepping!

    1650 days ago
    I enjoyed your post...too funny! It IS really hard to get to 10,000 steps. I, too, got a pedometer for the same reasons. I need something competitive to keep me interested. I am yet to hit the 10k in a day. I homeschool, so very little foot traffic here unless I go out and about in the neighborhood. Still. That's a lot of strolling!

    Zumba is a great idea with, what looks like, a great amount of steps! Good job and good luck!
    1650 days ago
    Feel virtuous !
    You might as well enjoy every minute of that feeling.
    I know how difficult that is to actually take these @#$ 10.000 steps regularly.
    I am not working anymore and to find the opportunity and consistency to walk regularly up to that amount shows determination.
    Keep on, emoticon
    1650 days ago
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