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Warming Up

It's cold out there, kids! I'm trying my best to warm up at the gym with self-guided spin classes (there are spin bikes, but no formal classes at my gym, sadly). My latest warm up: a little Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros (easy cycle to the beat with sprints during the chorus).

10,000 Steps

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 . . .

The Ridiculousness of Yelp

First, just to be clear, I don't like Yelp. I don't trust Yelp reviews. I can think of at least a dozen other resources that I'd turn to in order to find good restaurants when I travel in any given city. You might be curious as to why I dislike Yelp so much. I firmly believe that it is the goal of the majority of Yelp reviewers to think that they have some power in the restaurant world -- they trash places that don't deserve it constantly, "review" places based on one visit, and sometimes use the threat of a negative Yelp "review" in an attempt to get special treatment. And now, the ultimate in ridiculousness -- Yelp reviewers have now filed a class action claiming that they are unpaid writers. Might I remind you, dear readers (and all you idiot Yelpers), that writing on Yelp is 100% VOLUNTARY.

Yet another reason that Yelp truly sucks.