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.