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.


Kayni said...

Gosh, climbing stairs to the 29th floor should ought to do it =), but you'd be sweaty when you get to your 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. :)

Anonymous 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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