So I purchased a pedometer a couple of weeks ago. And because I am scatter-brained some times, I tend to forget to put it on, especially those days when I actually go for a walk. Today I remembered!!! I have actually been wearing it all day. Well, I didn’t put it on 1st thing in the morning, but that was probably only about 50 steps or so.
As of 7:30pm (when I am starting this post) I am at 7,023 steps. Of that, about 4,400 was from our walk this morning, the rest has been at home and the couple of errands I have run. I feel pretty good about that. The “experts” want you to walk 10,000 steps each day, which is equivalent to 5 miles (2000 steps = 1 mile). I think if I still worked in the office environment that would be totally doable as long as I still carved out actual exercise each day. But working at home, I would have to do another workout. But it seems like a catch-22.
According to the Mayo Clinic, you should get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week (such as brisk walking). Lets say that is 25 minutes 6 days a week. And more health benefits are achieved at 300 minutes per week (50 minutes 6 days a week). Walking 2 miles takes us about 35-40 minutes. So we are getting a pretty good workout. But now there are others who say you need to walk 10,000 steps each day. I also don’t think they mean those steps to include walking to the bathroom, or to the kitchen to fix lunch. But let’s look at today. I have already walked briskly for about 40 minutes. So I am right where the Mayo Clinic tells me I need to be. But to make up the 3,000 steps I am lacking I would have to probably walk another 25-30 minutes. So if I did this everyday for 6 days I would be at about 360-420 minutes per week. The pounds should be dropping off! Right? Who knows? I think the point is to get off your butt and exercise. And I don’t think walking to the snack machine counts. LOL.
Will I ever walk the 10,000 steps? Maybe. I think I feel more inclined to try now that I have this pedometer clipped to my waistband. It almost feels like a challenge. Maybe tomorrow I will try to see if I can get there. May mean I have to hop on the treadmill later in the day. But that isn’t a bad thing is it? 🙂
Oh and today is Day 2 of no soda! I tried to stop cold turkey last week. Didn’t do that great. Although I did not have a soda every day. So I am getting there. Craved some today, but resisted the urge. I did drink diet which I don’t think is as bad as regular, but I want to be off it completely. That is the goal! We may go to a movie this week and I usually get one there. May still get one, but we haven’t been going that often so I don’t think it would hurt. As long as I can stay off it most days I am happy! 🙂
Thanks for reading!