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Pass the pedometer and share the walk.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Here I go again. I was at the store yesterday, for my weekly 'round the store walk and shop when I found myself in the sporting goods and fitness department. I spied the little blue pedometers hanging on the rack, and thought about something:
Who else can I buy a pedometer for? The last one I gave away is changing one person's life, so who else can I help? So, I bought another one, and wondered, perhaps I should buy more, but no, one for now. Maybe I will make it a weekly thing.

Then it dawned on me: my 67 year old husband. He has been on the health journey with me, in fact he has lost somewhere between 6 and 8 lbs since he started. He is my sweetheart, and has many serious health issues. He has also had a hip and knee replacements, and due to severe arthritis in his ankle, walking is not an easy thing for him. I know that he does some walking at work, though in the stores he takes advantage of the motorized carts. I left the package on the kitchen table for him at his place for when he woke up to go to work.

"Hey, did you break your pedometer?" he asked.
"No, I bought this one for you."

He cut through the instructions in his excitement when he opened the package. Fortunately, it is just like my gadget and fairly simple to operate. This afternoon after church, he showed it to me and said "Look, 2,941 steps! Can you record it in the Wii fit for me?"

I smiled and said "Sure!"

I am not sure if it will make him walk more, but it will boost his confidence in his abilities to know how much mileage the little steps can add up to. He just was fitted with a new orthotic ankle brace specially made for his left ankle. I bought him good shoes earlier this week to fit his feet and brace. He told me that the foot does not feel any pain with the brace, although we had to remove the padding inside the shoe to fit correctly around the shin, and in the shoe. It will take him a little time to adjust to the brace, as it is constrictive in order to relieve the pain caused by moving the ankle. I am hopeful that as he gets used to it, he will be able to walk more so that we can do things we haven't done in years due to the arthritis, like walk around a park, or a museum.

A pedometer is just a small gadget that counts yours steps, and it adds up to miles. I think it is a great little confidence booster. I am going to make this a regular habit. I will buy one or two when I shop, and plan to give them away.

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