I was reading on-line a few weeks ago that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle you need to walk up to 10,000 steps a day. That is about 5 miles give or take a few hop, skips and jumps.
This kind of information sends my brain in overload and I end up with sleepless nights wondering just how many steps I do take in a day.
So I ordered a pedometer and received it about a week ago. I usually do not remember to wear it until around 10 o'clock in the morning and by that time I am sure I have walked about 25,000 steps so it is pointless to put the thing on my hip and start counting.
This morning I made a point to put it on right when I got out of bed. I picked today because I did not have any errands to run and my chore list was at a minimum. I wanted to know how many steps I took just being me... with no walks through the mall, no grocery store extravaganzas and not even walking to the neighbor's house to borrow some cage-free organic eggs. I wanted to know how many steps I make sitting on my rear basically.
Well, no wonder I can't friggen' lose these last 10 lbs. Me, on an ordinary day (making dinner, vacuuming the family room, folding laundry) sucks! I only took 3,380 steps so far... and it is 7 pm! This is usually the time of day that I sit on the couch and do nothing... but I have only walked 3,380 steps! That realization just took the fun out of being a slump on the couch.
Now I have to go for a walk... and I can't stop for 6,620 steps! Basically I have to double my daily expulsion of fitness in the last hours of the day.
This is a stupid pedometer. I was much happier when I lived in step ignorance.