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.