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I Broke My Walking Streak – 64 Days In

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Icy Ground

In case you don’t remember, I decided to participate in more active transportation this year – including more walking. I gave myself the goal to reach, at least, 10,000 steps per day – which is twice the average for most people. For the past 64 days, I was able to do so – and then some. Having a fitness challenge at the office was a great motivator, which kept me going for most of it.

Unfortunately, walking takes its toll in both time and wear-and-tear on my body.

Walking is sloooooooow. Some days, in order to reach my goal, I found myself waking up an hour earlier. Other days, I found myself having to take long walks on cold and rainy nights. Sometimes, I found myself so obsessed, I would walk around the house in circles – just to get the next few hundred steps. I realized that this isn’t active transportation, but rather, a gerbil in a cage lifestyle.

Also, walking hurts. When you walk a few hundred steps a day, you don’t really notice. But when you walk a few thousand steps a day, for many days in a row, you really start to feel your age. All of my leg and feet joints were in pain, all the time. There were times when I couldn’t get out of bed quickly. I’d even have to slowly work my body into back into standing. However, In just a day after breaking my streak, the pain had gone away.

Once again, this proves that bicycling is a better form of active transportation for both time and body. It’s nice to put things in perspective.

I do feel better about myself for walking more. I still plan to continue doing it – but only when it’s practical and serves the purpose of transporting me. When given a choice, I will strive to choose the option that gets my body moving under its own power.

Side note: In case you were wondering, for the year, I’ve walked over 906,000 steps totaling over 441 miles.

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March 11, 2014 at 6:21 am

Walking: Suburban Assault Style

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Walking Shoes

I’m adding a new category to the Suburban Assault lifestyle: walking.

First, let me set the record straight, I am still bicycling and always will. In fact, I’ll probably ride even more this year than I ever have. Part of my new years resolution was to participate in more active transportation, and walking is very much a part of that.

Why the sudden addition to my lifestyle? Well, I’ve always enjoyed walking and hiking – even to the point where I would alway check those boxes in ‘favorite hobby or sport’ section of those random surveys that I’ve taken. I just never realized how little I was doing it.

Last December, the company I work for gave us Jawbone UP24 fitness bracelets as a holiday gift. The UP24 is, basically, a high-tech pedometers that connect with your iPhone to help you track and share your steps. According to the device, the average person should be walking 5,000 steps in a day, with the suggestion to do 10,000. I wore the device for the first few days to gauge my walking throughout a typical day – which was actually significantly less than the average.

This was a wakeup all for this daily desk jockey, and I needed to do more walking.

Jawbone UP24

So far, this year, I’ve been walking well over the average of 5,000 steps a day – mostly hitting the 10,000+ step mark. Here are a few things that I’ve learned while walking more:

– Walking is HARD – especially on your feet, muscles and joints.
– Walking takes time. If you want to get more walking done in your day, you’ll need to make time for it.
– Although walking doesn’t require any special equipment, a good pair of shoes helps quite a bit.
– Bicycling is still a much better, more efficient form of human powered transportation.

I’ll report back on my progress and any other revelations that I have throughout the year. Until then, walk on.

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January 15, 2014 at 8:55 am