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Friday, February 28, 2014

Fitness Friday: In Sickness and In Health - Well, Maybe

I started using the pedometer a couple weeks ago. The goal is to get 10,000 steps in each day. Apparently, 10,000 steps is equal to walking about 5 miles.

I saw a statistic that said that sedentary people tend to get approximately 3,000 steps a day. So, I put the pedometer to the test and discovered that it was a struggle for me to get in 3,000 steps at my typical "sit-by-the-computer" and work lifestyle.

So - I made a concerted effort to get up and move every hour or so.

Then, I got sick.  Whew!  I am rarely nailed and brought to my bed by any illness, but this one really got me down. It started with a sinus-style headache and escalated to runny nose, etc.  During my 4 days of feeling ill, I really, really tried to get up and get some steps in. And, this was even more work when my body wanted to just rest. But, I did it.  I only made between 5,000-6,000 steps on the two good days and struggled to reach 3,000 on the worse days. But, I gave myself a break and picked up where I left off as soon as I could.

Then, my child got sick. Though, I still managed to get in my 10,000 steps - It was a struggle.  But, I did it!

I am now waiting to measure myself, maybe next week, to see if these 10,000-a-day steps have made a difference. I will say that I feel it in my muscles, so I hope it has made a dent. The day my overzealous padding around my mid-section starts to shrink is the day I will say it was a success.


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Find more fitness motivation at the following bloggers that are hosting Fitness Friday:

The Healthy Moms.net
Chandra Sullivan at Spark Your Motivation
Danielle Nabozny at Lip Gloss and Yoga Pants
Lisa Belanger at Inspire Me Well
Maryann Mitchell at It's Not Food, It's Me
Angela Barnets at Fit Personified
Wendi Barker at Wendi's Book Corner
Lacey Baker at Love Lacey 365
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1 comment:

  1. Glad you are feeling better now. Congratulations on doing 10,000 steps in one day! I know you can keep that up and you will feel so much better if you do! Have a terrific day.