Before I can “walk more,” I need to know how much I walk already. Thanks to the pedometer, I now know how many steps I take on a typical shopping trip, including walking to/from the supermarket with my cart and going up/down the aisles – 4,083.
I also tracked the number of steps taken on a typical night out, including bus transfers, a stop by the library, dinner at my favorite pizza place, several hours at a casino and bus transfers back – 9,159. Just a couple more trips to the bar for drinks and it could have been 10,000. ;)
I finally got a pedometer and today I measured the number of steps I take during a really slow, work-at-home day. It’s impossible to do much walking in a one-bedroom apartment, of course – mostly trips from my desk to the fridge or bathroom and back. But throwing in a hike to the mailbox and one more excursion to take out the trash, I figure this is probably the absolute minimum amount of walking I do on any given day … an incredibly sedentary 1,437 steps. Now I can start tracking “real” walking beyond the baseline and gradually start increasing it, aiming at 5,000 and eventually 10,000 steps on average.