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10,000 Steps
Apparently (well according to my sister), the latest fitness craze sweeping the nation (or at least her office) is the 10,000 step program. The idea is that you buy a pedometer, clip it to your waistband, and wear it all day. Your goal is to keep an eye on it and try to walk a total of 10,000 steps throughout each day. This is supposed to equate to 30 minutes of "moderate exercise".

Well, Sis thought it'd be fun to give it a try, so today she and I went to Target and bought ourselves some spiffy blue pedometers. For $18, I now have a little device that will tell me how many steps I've taken, how far I've walked, and how many calories I'm burning. Neat! Seems like a fun little toy.

So far, I've discovered the following: 1) it is 78 steps from my desk to the office bathroom, 2) I need a tape measure to measure my "stride" in order to figure out how many miles that equates to, and 3) my pedometer is a little bit rattly.

Hopefully this will be a bit of an incentive to keep fit and active. It'll be interesting to see how many steps I walk in a normal day. If nothing else, it'll be a new game/obsession.

I don't know what it'll think of ice skating though...I'm not sure pedometers are capable of skating-measurements. Especially not the way I was skating last night, since that involved a lot of sprawling on the ice. I was having a dreadfully "off" day, and I kept falling on jumps I'm usually fairly good at. (Now my butt hurts. Actually it goes pretty well with the various bruises and scrapes on my legs. I've been having a pretty clumsy week, come to think of it.) This is what I get for trying to do some summertime individual skating now that I'm out of practice. Fortunately there were a bunch of people I knew there (including the lovely figure_skater!), so I had a good time despite my ice-covered butt.

Ah well. I took a trip upstairs, and now I'm at 293 steps. Go me!
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partridge From: partridge Date: July 10th, 2003 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
For the nerdy version, try www.sportbrain.com
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 10th, 2003 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's cool!! If only geek toys weren't so expensive.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 10th, 2003 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you have one? I seem to remember you mentioning something like that ages ago.... Do you like it? (If you have one, that is.)
partridge From: partridge Date: July 10th, 2003 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, I have one, but I let the subscription lapse because I've been too busy to actually exercise enough to not make it depressing. Not to mention the subscription is kinda expensive if you ask me, and I now lack a landline phone for it to use. It is pretty dang nifty though.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 14th, 2003 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
It does look cool. Bummer that it doesn't seem to have an option to look at your progress without uploading to the internet though.
From: blueskies131 Date: July 10th, 2003 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
dropping in to say hi and that i added you to my friends list :)
figure_skater From: figure_skater Date: July 10th, 2003 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never heard of that fitness thing before, it sure sounds like a really good idea in theory. Let me know if it works, I'll have to try it!
It was nice seeing you the other night even though I was skating like crap! I too was several times sprawled on the ice. :) Oh well.....
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 14th, 2003 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Mostly right now it's just a toy. we'll see if it actually motivates me to walk more and stuff.

At least we kept the ice nice and clean, eh?!
infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: July 11th, 2003 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Just out of curiousity I want to make sure that I have certain facts correct in my head:

You are figure skater
You are a really good figure skater that has placed several times in national competitions
You are a really good figure skater that has placed several times in a national competition while maintain your spot on the same team for several years.

Why, oh why are you concerned about this fitness craze? I would think that you would have all the work outs necessary. IMHO
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 14th, 2003 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm an adult skater who works a desk job 9 hours a day. Staying fit and in shape isn't as easy as it was once!

Mostly it's just an entertaining toy so far, but I figure something to remind me to do some walking, add some activity into my day, certainly can't hurt.
infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: July 14th, 2003 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)


get a really big dog and chase it around the park a couple times a week. Much better than fad thingy.

And your fad thingy won't jump on you and lick your face everytime you have a bad day.

Just something to think about.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 15th, 2003 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


I do love dogs...but they are much more maintenance than cats (of which I have 3). Also, they don't really get along with cats. I have always wished I had a boyfriend with a dog -- then I'd get all the dog-benefits, playing and running and petting, but not have to really take care of it, pick up its poop, etc.

Unfortunately, my current boyfriend is allergic to dogs.
infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: July 15th, 2003 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)


You think that this might be a sign from GOD that you should switch over to Navin... Because he's not allegeric to Dogs....

j/k.. I joke... I jest... I tease...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 15th, 2003 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


heehee....perhaps so!
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