Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cool Thing You Might Want to Try

I have heard about pedometers in the past and have even put one on a time or two but during Christmas break I tried a little experiment that revealed some information that makes this math nerd's heart go pitter patter...and might even pique your interest a touch.

On one day during vacation I walked 1860 steps. Today on a working day and being mindful that I could add a step or two while I walked around campus and in the classroom while I was teaching I walked 4935 steps. If the pedometer is correct (and as it was a freebie from a Greek yogurt company it might not be). I walked from my car across campus and to the departments other offices twice then went and taught my first class of the term at the community college. They moved my class and it is now a smallish trek away from my office. That is more than twice as much exercise as when I have a day off.

In other news (but related I think) I have now officially gained just under 5 pounds over vacation. Yup I ate and drank well...and I am paying the price for my indulgences. I am going to keep on with the pedometer experiment. It is kind of a low tech way of increasing my activity..not bad for free :)

note---I am lame...the goal prize drawings have not been mailed yet. I am working on the second (and last) black fingerless glove and as I am a batch kind of girl they will all go to the post office together.

the glove making has been fun!! :) I hope you don't look too closely as I can see all of the mistakes and they bug the crap out of me.



Sandy Lee said...

We just had a news documentary that walking 10,000 steps a day can help lose/maintain weight. I believe it. A few years ago I think Special K did an entire ad on making 10,000 steps a day. I need to get my pedometer out again. I used to walk around my building (it was huge) just to get in my steps so I didn't have to go on the treadmill when I got home. It is hard, but worth it. I think it works out to about 3-5 miles a day.

amandakiska said...

The last pedometer I had was so erratic I could never trust the figure it reported, but I love this idea!