Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I would walk a thousand miles...

My curiosity to find out how many steps I actually take each day led me to join America on the Move. I purchased a pedometer from campus for $1 and will challenge myself to eat 100 fewer calories per day and add 2,000 extra steps each day.

I think my favorite part of this program is that I can convert my steps to miles along one of these routes: Alaskan Military Highway, China Silk Road, UK National Trail, Appalachian Trail, Highway 50, or the Lewis & Clark Trail. I have chosen the Highway 50 trail and am challenging myself to take at least 7,317 steps per day. If I reach my goal within the next 42 days, I will have (virtually) walked 3,073-miles along this historic route of what most people call "The Loneliest Road in America".

Classes have started for the Spring 2007 semester so my sedentary lifestyle has picked up a notch. No longer do I just walk to my car, drive to work, walk from the parking lot to my desk, walk within the confines of my department, walk back to my car in the parking lot, and drive home only to walk inside our house to plop on the couch for the rest of the evening. Now I make intermittent movements from my office to classes during my lunch and evenings so I am looking forward to working in a little more physical activity each day. Wish me luck!

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