I’m starting off with saying…
CONVENTIONAL WALKING ISN’T THE ULTIMATE IN PHYSICAL FITNESS LIKE SOME PEOPLE PUSH IT TO BE.
Yep I said it.
So let’s get into why…..
So I have some time before I jet off to Australia and I was talking with my partner which somehow ended up with him gifting me a pretty cool smart tracking pedometer that allows me to track a slew of different physical activities, as well as, heart rate which is particularly useful considering I have challenges with tachycardia and MUST be careful and conscious about the stress I put my heart under regardless of my physical activity.
Now, pretty shocking perhaps to know, but I’ve never exclusively used a pedometer before or even greatly tracked any of my fitness progresses in terms of what my partner has been teaching me about how to conduct a proper experiment and what measurements I need to be focusing on.
So I get the pedometer in the mail, charge it, and almost instantly I become obsessed with tracking literally my “every step” from the moment I woke up to the moment I passed out simply to see if I was as active as I thought I was from one day to the next….
NOT EVEN CLOSE!!
But now I know so…
Now anyone who knows me intimately knows I only do THE MOST SIMPLISTIC AND SAFEST EXERCISES ON EARTH BECAUSE I’M NOT OUT TO LOOK LIKE AN INSTAGRAM BADASS. My energy is very limited from one moment in time throughout the day and I need to keep exercise related injury risks and stress related frustrations to an absolute minimal.
….and if we are going to take a moment to get super honest…
I don’t even love exercising.
Sorry not sorry?
It’s damn painful, but absolutely necessary to keeping my ass physically and mentally BALANCED
….so there we go. I do it out of necessity, not out of admiration. Moving on….
To rack up as many steps as possible, I take every opportunity to walk. I’m walking to and from the grocery and convenience stores, the post office, around the local park and my subdivision for the most part and my speed is at a moderate to high intensity….meaning….I’m not just casually walking like someone strolling by a department store window sale, I’m hauling serious ass and going as fast as my little ass legs can possibly go without any obvious excessive risk of injuring myself (no running or silliness).
I challenged my ability but I didn’t let my ego overrun my ass. For the first week my legs and core were sore every day, but never to a point where I’m in tears or needing to take anything for pain management other than a nice massage and salt bath.
Throughout the whole month I took time off when I felt I needed it but only then. I didn’t always hit my 14,600 step goal, but I WAS active for several miles every single day, just simply at different intensity levels, which is to be expected.
So here we go….500,000 steps in 31 days
WEEK 1 AKA Hell Week
The entire first week really was the hardest part. I got pains in my shins, my chest was tight every damn time I walked, super sore everywhere, and making it to the closest CVS store mentally felt like a serious challenge, especially considering the weather which was freezing cold in the mornings when I chose to start all this…I even made a video complaining about it for Day 2.
Anyway….I sucked it up far from graciously and stoic, but I DID get through it. ALL OF IT.
Here were my numbers for the first week.
Not bad to start, but I still had a long month ahead of me…..I screwed up my errands on Tuesday and ended up walking enough to cover 2 separate days…but hey, it’s not for nothing. Every little bit helps when it comes to exercising and working out in the real world.
This was a little physically “easier” than Week 1, but my ego-driven determination to follow through the entire month was kicking into full gear. Making it the most likely time for me to get injured by simply being overly excited about something I’m getting into.
Yes, even too much “happiness, can have very NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES.
Life is wickedly weird.
Now unfortunately, this was the one week I encountered a small glitch with my tracker and the app didn’t record a weekly total but I was able to screen grab most days and it didn’t mess up my monthly or annual totals so the data was not completely lost and still usable for this particular experiment and goal.
Confidence is growing and I’m already dropping several pounds and a pant size simply by challenging my body moderately everyday….again…this is walking outside and all around. Absolutely nothing extreme and according to some the absolutely best physical activity you can possibly do…pffff!
Week 4 – I found this week challenging because I had been kicking my ass the entire month and I just wanted to be finished! This was the time when my determination was actually at it’s lowest, but again….persistence persevered and I finished the whole damn month.
And those last few days of March going into April…those were just as tough as the first few because I knew I wasn’t going to stop at the end of the month……..and I didn’t…..I’ve continued the journey in staying true to my original goal (before the idea of getting to my first million steps, which is to get in at least 14,600 steps in everyday and in anyway from March 1st to the day I set my foot onto the plane to fly out to Sydney later on this year.
My final thoughts about walking as exercise.
Look walking is an ideal place to start when you’re rebuilding or first starting a life fitness workout routine. The biggest downfalls were the weather, traffic (I got called plenty of colorful names by passerbys), wildlife (getting pooped on by birds and chased by neighbor’s dogs), and of course the potential for crime (getting hit by a car, attacked by a person, etc….) and not to mention how much TIME I HAD TO COMMIT to walking just get even the few benefits I did get.
Walking will always be a good choice to start any plan. It’s easy and damn near as universal as it gets, but it’s not excuse-proof by any means, and if you hate walking or struggle with the safety problems that I encountered…then that’s when you should probably email me so we can get you setup with Polykinetics because it has all the same benefits as walking, it’s just as simplistic, but with a really great and super safe twist that even glorious walking can’t provide.
And there you go….More than 500,000 moments of movement for the month of March, and I’m currently working on April where I hope to hit ONE MILLION STEPS by May 1st!
I’d love to hear from you! xx