Friday, July 26, 2013

Counting Steps

I've been thinking about what it takes for me to meet my goal of 10,000 steps per day (especially today when I know I won't be able to due to evening commitments). I lead a sedentary life. I sit at a computer all day, then I relax on the couch in front of the TV all evening.

My suburban lifestyle is very car-oriented. I need to drive everywhere because there isn't much within walking distance. There are no sidewalks in my neighborhood. So if I want to get in 10,000 or more steps every day I have to do it deliberately. They don't add up on their own like they would if I lived in a city.

So here's what it takes for me:
  • 20 minute walk from my car to my office
  • 15 minute walk during an afternoon break
  • 20 minute walk back to my car
  • 25+ minute walk around my neighborhood
    • (Substitute: mowing the lawn once a week)
On Saturday I try to take a longer walk somewhere more interesting than my neighborhood (preferably a local nature center or park). I almost never meet my goal on Sundays because I spend the day with my husband who is not a walker.

It's not hard, but it does take time and effort.

1 comment:

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I used to have the same sort of plan. I walked from my car on Marcellus to work (and back) walked during lunch, and often stopped on my way home at Onondaga park or beaver Lake for a walk.