Articles touting the benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day pop up on a regular basis in my various news and social media feeds. This one popped up today and I think it contains pretty good information in quick, easy-to-read format.
Unlike most articles, the author’s sources do recommend starting off easy (and to wear running shoes). That’s one of my cardinal rules: If you haven’t been moving much to begin with, then you better start of your new walking program slow and easy.
And I do mean slow and easy.
Unlike many of my friends who have stayed active the last few months, I either fell off or jumped off my fitness wagon for two important reasons: dealing with my mother’s healthcare needs and then the grief of her passing, and abiding by Nevada’s “stay-at-home” orders (actually, I didn’t want to see anyone anyway, but that’s left for another post).
Yesterday was my second attempt of completing a free Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Run Club challenge. I went a lot further in this 6K challenge than the first 5K challenge…a I walked .92 mile. Yes, that’s right, almost a full mile. I messed up my tummy by having a protein-rich smoothie about 90-minutes before my workout. I knew better. I just forgot.
Though my aborted walking workout came in almost 3 miles shy of my Rock ‘n’ Roll 6K goal (and 8,000 steps less than a 10,000 step goal), I did manage to do more than I have in quite awhile. I’m happy with that.
Yes, you need a goal to work toward, but don’t expect to achieve it in one try. Enjoy the journey…one step at a time!