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Saturday, May 03, 2014

A few weeks ago I ask my 13 year old, What is your summer project going to be this year? Do you have any ideas yet. He has had a summer project every summer since he started 1st grade. It has always been educational and interesting. From learning about Lewis and Clark and building a model fort that they stayed in, To watching tons of old movies and learning about special effects before computers.
This he plans to earn his Boy Scout Hiking badge, When he first told me I was excited until he has me find and print the worksheet. Reading the basic requirements it was like most of the others, share with leader that you will know what to do if someone gets hurt and are you (the scout) physically able. The only change I see to this is there is extra section on exhaustion. THis seems ok as well, we then plan to take a few weekend camping trips. Ohio state parks will be great.
Cam said there is a National Award that goes along with it and asks me to pull it up and print it too. This paper states if he earns his Hiking and Orienteering merit badges and hikes 100 miles including the miles hiked with the badges. I was speechless for about 5 min. He really wants to do this and he wants (he thinks I can do this?) me to do it with him. I reread the hiking merit badge worksheets.
The hiking requirements
Take 5----10mile hikes
Take 1----20mile hike (in a single day only stopping to eat and short breaks)

That is 70 miles so 30 more should not be that hard There is a few from the other badge as well.

Here is my problem, my steps vary greatly daily. 1500 to 8500 (avg) I have good days and bad days and busy days too.

Yesterday I reached over 8,000 enough to be tired but that is only 4.2 miles and most of the time I am only at 5000 I need to increase these steps to a comfortable, regular number of steps. How can I integrate steps into my daily life that is non exercise steps. Currently, I walk the long way, when I go to school I park in the front of the lot walk the the back of the lot walk back to the building, around to the back to enter reverse ant end of day instead and of going straight in. The downside, It is the end of term. Next semester I am only there one day at night, I will not be walking out back or to the back of the parking lot at 10pm.
I just need to do it. I would love any suggestions.
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  • VDALE4
    Joanna, you have a big challenge and I know that you will make it, because you have the will and stamina to show him what his mom is made of. Good Luck on this adventure. There are lots of Great suggestions here from everyone.
    1366 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/23/2014 10:29:02 AM
    You can do it. I was surprised when I was in a TOPS group and the challenge one month was to do 100 miles. I kept track of all my walking and found out that I was averaging 100 miles a month without too many additions. I was a mother with very young children, so the walks were usually with the jogging stroller. So, I just kept up the challenge every month to complete 100 miles throughout that summer.
    1416 days ago
    if you do not already have on, get a fitbit or pedometer for your trips to record your mileage and then everyday it will keep you motivated

    do some dancing or walking in place while waiting to do things.. adds on steps and keeps your body burning calories
    1416 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/3/2014 8:34:25 PM
    1416 days ago
    "How can I integrate steps into my daily life that is non exercise steps"

    HI!!! I just read your blog...are you a Spark Coach member??? This was just a topic of their's this last week that I had. It is called N.E.A.T. (non-exercise Activity Thermogenics)

    Here is one article on it...

    Look it up here on Spark...there is a lot of info about it on people's blogs and in the groups.

    Here are a few ideas that pop into my head:
    1. Use a further away bathroom.
    2. If an office job, stand up and work if you can, you burn more calories standing
    3. When going to sit down, do a squat first then sit down. Do the same when you stand up.
    4. If you have stairs at home when you go up or down do an extra set...if going upstairs, run up, down, up before you head to what you are doing.
    5. Exercise when watching tv
    6. Turn on your favorite tunes as you are getting ready in the morning. Your body will just start moving to the beat and it is also provides uplifting positive feel good enzymes in your body.
    7. March in place when at a baseball game or in line at the grocery store. People might think you are a bit weird but that's ok. They might ask what you are doing and that's then a great moment to spread some Spark!

    Remember every little thing adds up! I have a fitbit and it helps to challenge me every day to get more steps in when I wear it. :)

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    1417 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Good thing keeping your son moving through the summer break.
    1417 days ago
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