If you’ve read my about page I talked about small adventures, nothing epic.
So my lastest adventure these past several weeks has been to get out and walk. Yeah, that might not seem like an adventure to you but for me it is.
Because I’m out of shape. I spend my days driving around as a home care nurse sitting in the car, then sitting at a patient’s home for an hour, getting back into the car, going to the next person home, sitting again.
And when I get home it’s not any better. I sit in front of the computer working on my small business for a few more hours still sitting.
I need an exercise routine that I like, is fun to do and gets me outdoors on an adventure.
Walking is my new adventure 🙂
So I’m pushing myself to walk at least 2 miles a day.
I bought a pedometer and downloaded a free pedometer app.
I did both because when one isn’t working the other will (hopefully) The app needs a GPS signal to work and where I plan to go I may not be able to get a satellite (going into the woods in upstate PA soon for a Backpacking trip)
I also don’t carry my phone with me everywhere.
The handheld pedometer works by measuring my steps through my stride so it doesn’t need a satellite to work but you do need an accurate or close to it measurement of your stride.
Now I didn’t do much research before I bought this one which is the
Sportline 343 Talking Calorie Counter Pedometer I wanted a pedometer that would track my walking distance but this pedometer does a few other things as well.
It tracks my steps, distance, calories burned and time. It also talks to me.
The app does the same thing but the app I’m using called MapMyWalk from the Google Play store gives me a map to see the route I just walked. You can also share this information with your friends and compete with them to see who has walked more.
You could also use your pedometer app to track what you’ve done and see your progress day by day.
I’m having fun with both of my pedometers, didn’t think I would but seeing the progress is accomplishing three things for me –
I’m getting into shape, making exercise a daily habit and have found a fun way to do it – using a pedometer to motivate and challenge me, even on really hot days or on those days where I’m tired and just don’t feel like it, I doing it, YEAH!
I’ve also discovered a few cool places to walk right in my own neighborhood and my community, more on that later.
And there is something to be said about accomplishing a goal you set for yourself, it feels GREAT!
Until next time, put on your walking shoes and get out there, seek adventure and have fun!
P.S. Here’s a pedometer I’m thinking of purchasing, a Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker, Charcoal
, you can sync it automatically to your computer, smartphone or tablet. But check out the reviews, it’s interesting how over 2,000 people loved it and over 300 people did not. I’ll let you know if I buy it or not, I’m still on the fence about it.