In my old life, getting 10K steps/day was not hard. First of all, if I went for a run — well, there went ~6-10K, depending on the length! Second, life contained myriad opportunities to move from one place to another. From the parking garage to the office. From my office to each patient room (many times). To a conference at the far end of our hospital campus. Etc.
Compare that with yesterday, when I looked up from my work at 12:00 and checked my watch. 786 steps. I am not kidding.
While the 80 Day Obsession workouts are hard and leave me dripping with sweat (ew, but seriously), they do not provide ‘steps’ in high volume. (The highest is the cardio core workout which typically registers in the 2000s).
All of this has left me feeling incredibly stiff. There is an innate desire to move that is not being met in the current setup unless I get in a walk somehow. SO, most days I try to do just that.
When / How / Etc
I love to listen to a juicy podcast while walking (listening to Michelle & Barack Obama was one of the highlights of last week for me!). So if the stars align and I have a block of time around lunchtime or at the end of the afternoon (our nanny currently leaves @ 5:30), I will quickly dart outside for a walk. It feels like such a treat to escape the house.
(I do not typically mask while I walk. It’s typically 90F and humid, and in my neighborhood, there is ample space so that I do not come within even . . . 20 feet of anyone, really. I do cross the street or go into the middle of the (very quiet) street if I see someone coming. For the record, I mask everywhere else and any time there is a remote possibility I might have to come within 6 ft of someone.)
HOWEVER, those blocks of time do not always magically present themselves. The alternative is to walk during a Webex (Zoom alternative that our system uses) meeting! I have a fair number of meetings or conferences I have to (virtually) attend, many of which are large enough that my participation is fairly minimal. For better or for worse, most of the meetings I attend do not require use of video (more than 1/2 of the people have video inactivated). It’s an amazing time to walk. I actually find that I can often focus better on a walk than I can at my desk when there are tempting distractions (aka my laptop/phone).
Once in a while, I will bring a kid on a walk. Annabel does very well. We often go off on planning tangents together with topics of conversation like: “Design your absolute fantasy birthday party.” or even “What planner do you want to use next year?”. Cameron . . . well, we’re working on it! He would rather play basketball or skateboard than walk around the neighborhood.
So is 10K steps a goal, and do you reach it?
Yes sort of . . . and nope, not usually! Last month I got to 10K only 8 out of 31 days! BUT I’m doing strenuous workouts that are often up to an hour 6 days/week and walking most days, so I don’t feel too terrible about it. I still like having and tracking the goal of 10K, since it’s just challenging enough that I can hit it sometimes.
I track the steps on my Garmin 235 watch, by the way. I’ve had this watch since 2016, though the company shipped me (free!) replacements twice, even though the second time I was just outside the warranty window. I am brand loyal because that is some amazing customer service. Once this one conks out (eventually, I’m sure) I will replace it with another Garmin product. Plus it works very reliably.
Interesting things I have seen on walks:
Honestly . . . I see more interesting things when I am with the kids because they point them out!
Duck sitting on eggs
Duck with a bunch of baby ducks trailing behind (never gets old to see this!)
Lots of blue jays (love them!)
Tons of tropical flowers
Pineapples, mangoes, avocados, coconuts growing in various yards
Lightning (causing me to high-tail it home, I am terrified of lightning!)