With the exception of brief bursts of gym activity, I have never paid too close of attention to my physical fitness. A busy schedule, with a good dose of sloth mixed in is the culprit.
Itâ€™s something I need to work on and I’m going to (hopefully) start the process very soon. The U of M has a fitness center that I can use as part of my tuition. I have yet to set foot in the door, but as soon as my car is fixed (my car is broken BTW. I think itâ€™s the alternator) I’m planning to start going after classes are done in the late afternoon.
I’ve had health club memberships in the past. My problem is, when I do something I tend to go overboard in doing it. I’ll go religiously for a month, see significant improvements, then the visits start to taper off once something comes up.
I purchased a pedometer this weekend. It was a $3 cheapo one from Wal-Mart. Itâ€™s interesting to see how far you walk in a given day. I have read that you should shoot for taking 10,000 steps during the course of a day. Yesterday, without going out of my way to walk, I took about 6,800. As of this moment (about 9am) I’ve taken about 2,000. Most of that is the trek across campus from Coffman to Pillsbury Hall. It’s actually sort of fun carrying it around and checking the distance between locations.
10,000 steps arenâ€™t as much as I thought it would be. I think the national average is about 5,000/day. Hopefully with whatever I can do at the gym, I should be able to average that on a weekly basis.