I'm a New Yorker -- I walk. A lot. I walk to and from the subway, up and down the stairs, I walk Moxie several times a day, I walk to do my errands -- grocery shopping, dry cleaners, and I often walk to get to restaurants or bars, movie theatres, or anywhere else I have to be. I recently downloaded Noom Walk, a pedometer app for my phone. I had been exploring fitness monitors (think I've settled on the FitBit One), and figured this might be a good place to start experimenting with tracking daily activity outside of workouts.
You may have heard that 10,000 steps per day is the ideal target recommended by health authorities. I was certain that I'd hit the target with no problem given how much walking I do. I was so wrong. On a fairly active day, I was hovering around 5,000. I was stunned. I'm now figuring out ways to walk even more than I already do (in addition to getting back to the gym), including getting off the subway several stops early on my daily commute. I'm determined to hit 10,000!
If I, as an active pedestrian, can only hit 5,000, I can only imagine that a car-bound suburbanite who also sits at a desk every day doesn't even come close to that. Yikes. Don't be surprised if the next time we get together, part of our plans include going for a walk . . .