I have been using a pedometer for the last 3 weeks. I had read about something called the 10,000 step challenge and was curious if that was really a challenge. Well, last week I averaged 3,000 steps a day. Ummm …
Let me tell you what 3,000 steps looks like … I walk from my bed to my bathroom to my closet in the morning. Then to the bus stop 2 mins away from my front door followed by the El and ending with another bus. I cross the street into my office building and proceed to walk from my desk to the photocopy machine to the kitchen to the restroom about 3x. I sit at my desk only moving my mouth, neck, and fingers for HOURS. Then I take the bus to the El to my home. If I’m not making myself clear, 3,000 steps is NOT a lot of steps for the average able-bodied adult who works outside the home and does not own a car. The 10,000 step challenge people call me “sedentary” which is such a bad word. I commute 30 miles roundtrip everyday, and I walk only 1.5 miles of it. (3,000 steps is about 1.5 miles)
Is my pedometer broken? I travel so far but walk so little?? Really?? Am I moving as much as a car user? I thought I was this model of urban living. So this week I decided to up the steps. Yesterday I walked 45mins and gained an extra 7,000 steps. It’s Wednesday, and I have walked 15,033 steps which is much better than usual.
Now I have to figure out how to get an average of 3,500 steps per day for a week. I am not doing this to show off. I’m doing it because increasing my steps everyday is proven to make my heart and lungs stronger. I want to GO.
If you’re looking for a pedometer, let me know. I really like mine.