Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I Think I'll Go For A Walk Outside Now....

I started wearing a pedometer yesterday, as part of a wellness program at work.  It was a revealing process: it revealed that during the average weekday, I take about the same amount of steps as a newborn.

I'm exaggerating, of course, but I am seriously contemplating buying a treadmill and spending the rest of my life on it. I'm supposed to walk 10,000 steps a day, and I walked about 3,500. And that includes a one hour trip to really big thrift store.

There are several things working against me here.

Spring is making a very chilly entry here in the Mid-Atlantic. It's fifty degrees today, with a wind chill that makes it feel like the upper thirties. The upper freakin' thirties, on April third. This is not exactly inspiring me to choose the farthest spot in the parking lot. I am not precisely motivated to stroll for hours around the neighborhood. I am inspired to sit on my ass and see how many packages of 100 calorie Special K chips I can consume before the kids ask for some.

(I'm kidding. I only eat one package of those in any given day, because I am counting calories, and because I am not PMSing and so therefore can control myself.)

Come to think of it, the weather is the only thing working against me. Yes, I have a desk job, but I also have five year old twins. Ask anyone with five year old anythings and they will tell you exactly what the antidote to a sedentary lifestyle is. I am pretty sure my May daily step count will far outweigh my April daily step count. Once the weather settles into the seventy degree or higher domain, I'll be happy to park three states away from the store doors and speed walk to the beach and walk to pick up lunch when I'm at work, instead of driving.

But while the air still feels more December than April?

I'll be the one in the corner trying to figure out how to rig a pedometer.

Don't judge me.

1 comment:

DC Sports Chick said...

Just get a Fitbit, it does all the work for you (except for the walking part).