You are still ahead of me. It took me 14 years to complete a 2 year degree! Keep at it, you'll get there!
As for your steps, WALKING_WONDER offered some great advice. If you find it too hard to start off getting 10k a day, work your way up to it. Everyday set a goal to get at least 1 (or a 100) more steps than you did the day before. It won't be long before you find yourself walking in place before bedtime to get that 10,000th step! :)
I myself am a non-traditional college student, as I waited 'til I was in my 30s to attend, and only take two classes each Spring and Fall semester. My goal is 17,000 steps/day right now. It will probably be less when school starts. I never have problems getting 10,000 steps/day, unless my health is causing my issues. Here's how I get there:
I do cardio every day - either one of SparkPeople's CardioBlast routines, or something else.
When I talk on the phone, I walk around the apartment.
When I'm reading (except big college textbooks), I walk around my living room. This is where I get a lot of steps in when reading fiction books - where it's easier for me to walk and read at the same time.
When studying, I put all of the important info. on index cards and use them while I'm on my stationary bike or when walking in my living room. Also, you get another way to remember info. when you right it down.
When I watch TV, I walk around the living room during commercials and/or march while watching the program. It annoys my hubby, but I don't care.
When the weather is nice, I do a lot of walking alone and with hubby, and only go hiking when hubby goes with me. I won't hike alone.
When it's too cold or snowing or raining or whatever, I walk the mall in the AM, before the stores open, when all the other walkers are in there.
I hope these ideas help you reach your goal of 10,000 steps/day!!!
Hi! I am a nontraditional college student due to the fact of how long that I have been in college. I started college straight out of high school in 1999 and have been going continously since 1999. I recieved my AA in 2007. I will recieve my Bachelors of Arts in May. My AA was in Communication/Writing. My BA will be in Sociology-Social Psychology with a Religious Studies Minor. The reason it has taken me so long is because I have been going part time so I can build up experience. I like walking the most for my exercise. I usually get quit a bit between buildings on campus but still have yet to reach the 10,000 steps mark in a while. I would like to fet this habit down pat before I start working so once I start working I can continue it during lunch breaks, etc.
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