If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then I am convinced that my journey back to wellness begins with 10,000 steps a day. Or 2-4 miles of solid walking/exercise. I’ve been walking consistently once or twice a day since I fniished radiation, and I’m finally building up some strength. Whew. Finally.
Inspired by a friend who did the Avon walk, I went to REI this week and bought a pedometer to encourage me to walk and stay active throughout the day. It was a declaration of freedom, of goal-setting, of finally moving beyond my neighborhood. No longer must I push the stroller on the same 1-3 mile routes that I mapped out in the car on the way to preschool. No longer do I get discouraged because I didn’t get out on a rainy day. Now, I just steal a glance at the pedometer and see that I’m getting exercise in my daily routine. I check it before and after walks, and find out how far I’ve gone, without having to stick to a particular route.
On Monday, I walked 2 miles with my family, and logged a total of 5,500 steps. Yesterday, I walked 3.5 miles, but logged a total of 21,000 steps. That’s the inspiration of a pedometer — rather than groan at the thought of going up and down the stairs once again to check on the laundry, I cheer and jog up and down, knowing that the numbers all add up to a healthier me.
How do you add exercise into your everyday routine?