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i'm steppin' out

Yesterday I purchased a pedometer. As its name suggests (if you are a classics geek), a pedometer measures your steps. It's recommended that to stay healthy, one should walk 10,000 steps a day.

This thing is addictive.

First of all, I love the idea. I hate hard exercise, mostly because it's extremely boring, but, like most people with two working legs, I don't mind walking. And I don't mind walking a little bit more every day if it'll help me stay vaguely healthy, especially with the working-at-home-recluse aspect of my life. So it's cool to have something that will actually show me how much walking I'm really doing. There are days when I have so much work that I pretty much have to stay in all day, only taking a quick break to walk around the block to get some fresh air, so I hope this will encourage me to do that a bit more. Or even just, you know, walk around the house a bit more. Because once you know you want to get up to 10,000 steps, you'll do anything to bring up that number. And I mean ANYTHING. I spent a good twenty minutes last night parading around the kitchen to the beats of Nellie McKay album. And when I say parading, I really mean that I was sort of strutting around doing some classy musical-theatre moves, up to and including jazz hands. It was quite a performance, if I say so myself. And it brought me up to my 10,000 steps a day!

Doubtless in about a week I will have become a frenzied addict, unable to move without clipping on the pedometer and weeping when I only reach 9,999 steps. But for the moment, I'm stepping out....


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Sep. 24th, 2004 05:39 am (UTC)
Oh, fabulous! Now I really, really want one. I counted the steps to get myself to work just now, but a gadget would be infinitely better.
Sep. 24th, 2004 05:57 am (UTC)
I want one too. (Or I want to 'borrow' my Dad's which he rarely uses.)
Sep. 24th, 2004 06:10 am (UTC)
I bought one to do Walk to Rivendell last year, but I lost it by the time I reached the Old Forest. While I had it I was always volunteering to walk to the shop for milk and such like.
Sep. 24th, 2004 06:18 am (UTC)
I'm trying to steal my mum's pedometer, but she keeps remembering I have it, damn her!
Sep. 24th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
I have one, but I keep not wearing it, because it annoys me. I know I walk more than that, dammit! Or, you know, I don't walk nearly enough.

Well, my first pedometer only registered on certain clothes, so I'm paranoid about it. And what's the point of walking if the meter does not show it? :P
Sep. 24th, 2004 03:38 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I have been very much wanting a pedometer. Because right now I have no idea how many steps i am taking! Is it anywhere close to 10,000? I just don't know, and it's actually starting to be an object of curiousity for me.
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