Counting to 10,000 Steps
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
For a while, our toddler wanted to take a walk through the
neighborhood every evening. At the same time, an acquaintance on Twitter
shared how a fitness tracker had helped him walk a couple miles every
day. So I got myself a Fitbit,
a step counter that syncs its data to your computer, and aimed for
walks kept this daily goal within reach. Our son would quick-step down
the sidewalk, while I followed with the stroller. When he got tired, I'd
settle him in and pick up the pace, heading down unfamiliar streets to
add distance to our regular route.
the Fitbit uploaded the day's step-counts to my account, where they
graphed my daily progress. Those charts got to me. You want to make them
go up, keep that weekly average above 70,000 and find out what it feels
like to hit 15,000 or 20,000 steps. My best day was 25,000 steps,
almost 12 miles.
I got kind of
addicted. Not to the extent David Sedaris did. In his New Yorker essay,
Out", 25,000 steps was his daily average (until he more than
doubled that). But I started looking for excuses to walk to the grocery
store or pick a landmark to hike to. My run lasted until the season
changed and cold rains kept us in.
I don't know
if a fitness tracker would have gotten me to start walking, on its own.
And I'm wary of the interest insurance companies and employers are
taking into employee health metrics. But on a clear night, it sure is
nice to head out and watch your steps accumulate into thousands.
Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator
Summer Reading Program 2016: Wellness, Fitness and Sports
toward next year's Summer Reading Program theme with a day-long
workshop. Six presenters will help you plan your programs for a range of
age groups. Join us September
1 at the Xenia Branch of Greene County Public Library. This event
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