Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Walking to a Healthier Life

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

At the end of the day when I get home from work, with my feet tired and aching, I always wonder how much time I spend walking everyday. In high heels.

I used to count the steps I take from my apartment to our office building, but it gets interrupted by the flight of ideas in my head. And sometimes while walking, I like to hum Ode to Joy under my breath to match my pace with its tempo - which again competes with my counting. It’s not so easy to keep track of all the walking I do. Thanks to D who sent me a pedometer (to motivate me in becoming as thin as Gwyneth), keeping track has now become easier.

With the gadget clipped to my waist, I found out how many steps I’ve accumulated throughout the day, how far and how long I have walked, and most importantly, how many calories I have burned because of all that walking. Here’s the day’s pedometer reading:

Number of Steps: 6,036 steps

Distance Covered: 3.907507 kilometers

Length of Time Spent Walking: one hour, 12 minutes

Number of Calories Burned: 168 calories

The numbers may look remarkable (even I could not believe I’ve accumulated as much) but fitness experts say that to get us walking to a healthier life, we should walk 10,000 steps a day (or 12,000-20,000 if we want to lose weight!). So I’m 3,964 steps short of that goal. Hmmm, so what should I do to achieve 10,000 steps a day and even better, lose weight? Maybe I should include climbing the stairs all the way to the 29th floor as part of my daily routine.


6 comments:

kayni said...

Gosh, climbing stairs to the 29th floor should ought to do it =), but you'd be sweaty when you get to your office...lol. Do you include the steps you take when you go out to lunches?

Angeli said...

i usually go home for lunch. and they're also included. with the heat here in manila, i'd be drenched in sweat! :)

Anonymous said...

i love toned and muscled calves.

by the way, one candy bar is more than 168 calories. :)

Angeli said...

how many calories do you think beer and ice cream contain? :)

Anonymous said...

i switched to beer and oreo cookie. :)

caryn said...

hahaha! i rememeber i was at my thinnest at uni; we had to climb the stairs to the 6th floor at last a couple of times everyday ;-)

 
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