Well, there have been times in the past year when that "single step" felt like "a thousand miles."
I'm trying really hard to re-establish some baseline of activity in my daily routine. I've been diligently getting myself to the gym 2-3 quick times a week and walking around during the day as possible... and required, since my parking at work is separate from my office.
I was curious to see how much or little I actually walk each day. When Baby Tuesday was smaller, I remember many days (most days?) when my butt hurt from sitting on it so much.
But soon, I think I'll be chasing him around....
The guideline I keep hearing is that people should aim for 10,000 steps per day, or about 5 miles. This is how my week went (I used the Omron Pedometer to measure):
- Monday - 9094: ran about 2 miles at the gym and was up from my desk a lot
- Tuesday - 8002: did about 30 min of elliptical at the gym
- Wednesday - 4287: was busy at work and did not leave my desk for lunch besides getting food
- Thursday - 7338: ran about 2 miles at the gym
- Friday - 5983: ran errands during lunch
- Saturday - 6983: walked to the farmer's market and back
- Sunday - 2031: stayed at home
As you can see, there is a lot of variability, but it looks like I'm at least getting to half of the recommendation on most days. I know that's probably nothing to laud myself for, but it's better than I suspected. At some point, I might try wearing the pedometer for another week and hope that my results are better. It's all about the small steps toward progress, though!
Speaking of steps and progress, I was recently sent a neat Journal Menu journal in the mail.
There are different types of journals on there -- for people who do a variety of workouts, runners, and there were a lot of Crossfit ones, too.
You can track your stats and food in there, as well. It's a fun compact way of keeping track of everything.
This one has 5K, 10K, half and full marathon training plans within. I have a 5k next month and have just started to run a little again, though I think I'd benefit from sticking to a program like the one in here. I think so far, I'm more or less where I need to be according to the schedule.
It is nice to be able to focus on my own health again, even if life is otherwise crazy and I can't spend nearly as much time on it as before. A little is better than none!
FTC Disclaimer: I received a sample of this journal but was not otherwise compensated to provide a positive opinion.