Add Steps to your Day and Life to your Years

My beautiful mother, always looking for new ways to add years to her life and life to her years…

Because of the threat of rain yesterday, we ended up headed to DC, where we could hide from the inclement weather in museums and government buildings instead of being exposed to the elements at Mount Vernon.  It was chili and it rained a couple times, but overall the weather worked in our favor because it kept many tourist out of the streets of DC!  We had a great day taking my niece to see the monuments, memorials, and museums.  Throughout the day my mother would update us on how far we had walked by checking her pedometer, a little device that counts her steps and translates them into miles.  By the end of the day we had walked 9 miles, which is pretty easy to do when you’re sight-seeing!  We walked around 20, 000 steps, which is double the distance she usually walks in one day.  Each day she tries to walk 10,000 steps and on days she has not completed her goal, she stands in the living room and walks in place in the evenings until she reaches it.

Many people walk thousands of steps during the day at work but don’t even realize how much they are walking!  On the other hand, many people don’t walk very much at all during the day and don’t realize how sedentary they are!  If you’re looking for a way to get your exercise in, a pedometer a GREAT way to know how much you are (or aren’t) moving everyday, and a great way to work toward a goal.  A pedometer can be picked up at Wal-Mart for under $10, and I bet with the after Thanksgiving sales they’re probably only 10 cents today!  
If you’re competitive, buy one for your co-workers, friends, or your spouse and kids and see who can make the most steps by Christmas!  Throw some money in the pot and the winner takes all.  Exercise doesn’t have to be time invasive and expensive, you’ve got the best tools with you at all times–your own two feet!


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