Some time ago, someone from on high recommended walking ten thousand steps a day for optimal health and wealth. Minus the wealth part. When it was recommended, I was probably taking well over ten thousand steps a day so I sort of ignored it, as one does to advice that doesn’t apply, and went on my merry way.
And then I started a blog.
I’ve become so sedentary over the last few years, tap, tap, tapping away on my computer, that my average daily steps are around, hold your breath, 3,000. I know. Shocking.
Walking around Europe snapped me right out of that, but I’ve had a hard time maintaining my daily walks here at home. I drive the car to the park, to the grocery store, to the pool. It’s downright shameful. The obvious solution to the problem is to exercise every day, you know, like you’re supposed to.
Yesterday was my first day wearing my new pedometer and I’ll tell you what, 10,000 really isn’t much but it was hard to come by. I hit 10,013 at 10:00 pm.
In order for me, in my relatively sedentary lifestyle, to walk 10,000 steps during the day here’s what I had to do:
- walk 2 miles in the morning
- clean the house a little
- go to the pool and swim for 3 hours
- come home and feed the kids
- do a few loads of laundry
- walk up and down the stairs for no good reason other than to hit my goal
- weed in the garden for an hour
And even after all that, I barely hit the goal.
I’ve got some work to do, clearly. So I’d like to know, are you in the range of 10,000 steps a day? Are you closer to 30,000? What do you do to fit all those steps in?
Inquiring minds want to know.