With my recent cholesterol level being on a mission to mars, I am trying to bring it back to earth without the use of the mighty Lipitor and as such, have been suckered by "they" into giving this 10,000 steps a day a shot.
After some Thursday morning research on consumer reports yielded me the information I needed regarding the top rated pedometer, I headed over to WalMart at lunchtime to purchase my own Omron HJ-112.
As the crack of dawn arrived on Friday (5:50am at the sound of the alarm), I awoke prepared to don my new electronic step counter and prepared to attain my 10,000 step goal. Like any kid with a new toy (geek with a new pedometer), I constantly made spot checks to see where my step count was and realized that 10,000 steps was probably harder than I originally thought (considering the bulk of my work is done while sitting on my fat ass). As the day ended (which included a 30 brisk walk on my treadmill), my trusty new pedometer read a depressingly off a bit step count of 8288 steps. I retired early this Friday and was sound asleep by 9:45pm.
Saturday morning comes along with a new strategy for reaching my goal of 10,000 steps. I thought I'd get on the old treadmill and spend time walking and reading and listening to music for about an hour or so. It was kind of fun to read a bit, listen to some music, and get some exercise. In fact, here's how the treadmill read at the end...
3.22 miles after 65 minutes and 33 seconds. A good head start to my day which included a walk through BJ's for some grocery items and a walk through Lowe's for light bulbs and a look at hardwood flooring and kitchens. As I type this, my pedometer is at 9969 steps at 9:12pm. Needless to say, I'm gonna make it to 10,000 steps today and it was much harder than I originally thought.