Perhaps not as widely used as “drinking 8 glasses of water each day” or “an apple a day…”, the belief that taking ten thousand steps each day will pave the way towards total health is almost as well known. On many levels that makes sense to me. I have a relatively new position where I work that entails a fair amount of walking 2-3 times per week with some climbing slopes included. I had been doing this for a few months and I noticed something weird. I was able to tighten one more belt hole, my pants got a little bigger, and I didn’t gasp for air when I strode up a steep slope.
I liked this so I dug out an old pedometer to try to track how much I walked each day. That soon became frustrating as that model only tracked mileage and seemed to count bumpy rides in the tally prompting me to upgrade to the Omron model above. While looking for the pedometer I also stumbled upon (actually pushed into it by Amazon’s “others who bought this have also purchased” which in BRILLIANT marketing) the book 10,000 Steps A Day reviewed earlier this month. What started as a curiosity about how many steps I take has become sort of an obsession with the whole step movement (pun intended).
In a normal day my averages number of steps hovers around 2,500. With a little extra walking I can get it up to 5,000 pretty easily. 10,000 steps is a lot! Yesterday was the first time since I got the pedometer that I achieved that plateau. I have to give a big assist to my grand-dog for inducing me to take her for a long walk in the morning and then to the local park’s dog enclosure in the afternoon. I did 10,518 that day while she probably did five times that amount thought she took a rather long nap in the evening.
The “good” ache in my muscles tell me two things; walking is going to be very very good for me, and I’ll have to build up to the 10,000 steps a day. I consider this to be the beginning of a journey and hope to post about it periodically. I don’t consider this a New Years resolution since I really started before that, but I did coincidentally start my journal on January 1, 2012. If only my furry grand-dog lived closer she’d be a great coach!