Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Journey of 10,000 Steps

I’ve been using another gift a lot. I got a high-class pedometer for Christmas, which is really coming in handy on my walks. It keeps track of the number of steps I take per day, as well as the distance walked. It seems to be really accurate, unlike others I’ve had that register steps every time they move or get bumped. Once I drove somewhere using an old one, and when I got to where I was going, I discovered that the pedometer had registered 300 additional steps along the way. This one doesn’t do that.

I’m learning a lot with my new toy. One thing I’m learning is that it’s really hard to get to the magic 10,000-step level. I came close the day I walked around the Port of Oakland. In a little over an hour I covered 3.76 miles in 8,526 steps.

I know, I know: That’s not a very brisk pace, and yes, I do take little steps. It’s not a race, it’s fresh air and exercise. I hope to get out more this week, but the weather is supposed to be awful.

(I read somewhere that it’s good to walk in rough neighborhoods in bad weather, because fewer people are hanging around looking for trouble. But I can’t think of anything worse than getting mugged in the rain, so I think I’ll stay in.)


Euglossine Bee said...

The thing that works for me is to integrate some walking into my day -- 10,000 steps all at once is a looong walk!

Nicole said...

Agreed! I hit 10,000 a few days ago, and it turned out to be about five miles for me. I definitely don't have that kind of time normally. It is amazing how many steps you can get in just walking around the house, though. I can see where you don't have to go too far out of your way to add 100 steps here, 100 there.