Wednesday, November 5, 2008

10,000 steps

That is the recommended amount we're supposed to take each day. On average, that's about 5 miles. And it means that unless you are on your feet all day long, chances are you are going to have to get in at least 30 minutes of concentrated exercise.

Okay, so there is no scientific data behind it - some woman in Japan came up with the idea as a way to get people up on their feet and get moving. And it isn't a bad one, is it? I mean, the average person walks about 5,000 steps per day, which isn't terrible, but it's only half of what is considered ideal.

I bought a pedometer this week to get an idea of how many steps I am taking. Keep in mind I have a toddler who likes to walk and climb and move and climb and explore and climb. You get the idea. So I figured my steps were up there. Plus, I try to get a little extra movement in there - walking, ellipticalling (did I make that word up?), etc. On a good day, I got to 8,000. On a slow day, I got to 4K. I definitely had to put in the extra mile (literally) at the gym to hit the ten thousand mark.

How many steps do you think you take? What is your goal? Hourly, daily, weekly? What can you do to go a little further each day? Want some ideas?

  • go for a walk (okay, kinda obvious). did you know you burn 20% more calories pushing a stroller?

  • dance with your child. or for your child. mine thinks it's hilarious (as would most witnesses).

  • go shopping. grocery store, farmers market, the mall (most have great play areas), main street - whatever

  • park (much) further from your destination than you normally would. (do you really need to be right near the entrance?)

Now I want to hear your thoughts. What motivates you? What creative things do you do to get moving?


L.B. said...

The only thing that gets me moving is not wanting to fall behind. Maybe its fear, maybe motivation. Whatever the case I don't to regress; I want to maintain. I need goals. That's what really drives me. Whether its a race or a number of miles I want to run in a given week, goals serve as the ultimate motivation.

Val said...

I want to at least maintain where I'm at and it get's harder the older I get. Walking is an easy way to do that and enjoyable. I want to be able to move easily when I'm old.