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How to Log Over 10,000 Steps a Day

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Saturday, April 03, 2021

You know a sure-fire way to get in at least 10,000 steps per day? Be a public school teacher. I’m not kidding!

According to my iPhone Apple Health app, I easily log between 8,000-10,000 steps during the school day by constantly monitoring my classroom, chaperoning students up and down the hall, and teaching as enthusiastically as possible to keep my students interested in classical music.

I joke that if I could harness the energy in my 6th grade homebase alone, I could power a small city for a few hours.

Another joke: You know where students get their energy? They drain it out of their teachers!

So, when I come home from school, I feel tired. But you know what I do next? I lace up my running shoes and walk some MORE! I might even go RUNNING! When I am tired, getting up and moving makes me feel better and stronger. It’s hard sometimes to make that decision at the end of a full work day, but I’ve never regretted my post-work walk or run. If I skip it, I swear I can feel what energy remains in my body seeping out and being absorbed by the couch.

Some people prefer early morning workouts, and others find time midday to walk or go to the gym. The best choice is the one that works for you.

In my last blog, I talked about always being open to trying new activities. As your life changes, you might need to make an adjustment. Discovering the step counter in Apple Health this year has helped me get back to a regular routine and tap my energy reserves to get those 10,000+ steps a day.
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