Journey skills

10,000 steps a day!

I like this Huffington post article on – Not all steps are equal – discussing the science and benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day or more. My Doctor told me I needed to lose some weight and I decided to interpret that as I needed to do more exercise, so I embarked on a 10,000 steps a day commitment. A year later I want to share what I learned.

Starting last December I used my iPhone to track my daily step count with the ambition of averaging 10,000 a day for a year. I made it – Great!  I did lose about 10 lbs ! and what else did I learn?  Just like the Huffington post article says…

Not all steps are equal!

  • My phone only recorded its activity not mine!
  • Focusing on a magic number was useful but distracting
  • Achieving the same goal repeatedly loses its excitement
  • Setting a goal and achieving it was very worthwhile

Its is rewarding to get up every day with a fresh opportunity to achieve and it is human to appreciate the flexibility of not every day is equal. Personally I like the honesty of numbers so here are a few I collected.

  • In 365 days I walked 10,000 or more steps on about half the days (187!)
  • One day in Ten! I either walked over 15,000 or less than 5,000!
  • On two days in the year! I walked over 20,000.
  • The most 10,000+ consecutive days I achieved was 11.

I am starting 2019 with some new objectives.

  • Walk for more than 30 minutes every day, (5000+)
  • Take longer walks in interesting places.
  • Don’t be afraid to leave the phone at home!
  • Walk with other people.

“If you want to go fast walk alone and if you want to go far go together.”         African Proverb.

In a recent post on Goals and new years resolutions I outline some additional tips. Welcome to 2019 and find you own personal way to accelerate your journey to genius and spend more time in your zone of genius.