i was reading the february issue of bhg, the health section, yesterday morning. as you are probably aware, february is national women's heart month (or something to that tune) and the whole section was dedicated to heart health. being interested as i am in heart health, i was intrigued. one thing they said was that we should shoot for 10,000 steps a day. sedentary folks typically get 1,000 to 3,000 steps in a day, and while that's better than never moving, you should try and gradually increase your steps until you get to the golden 10,000 mark. i was curious to see where i fell in, so i dug out that pedometer that kelly got from work and plugged it on my belt that morning. from about 11 until 9 p.m. i got 1300 steps in. not too impressive, but i was surprised i did that many since i wasn't doing that much physically.
but today, it's 2:00 and i've already far exceeded 10,000. i walked on the treadmill this morning and a three mile walk gives you quite a jump on count. so i'll check in tomorrow and post the total count i achieved today. walking to school to pick ethan up was 1000 steps. so i got 2000 in that trip. it's kind of cool.
so i challenge you to get a pedometer and see just how many steps you take in a day. it's for your heart you know...
oh, and harvard researchers have proven that a nap every afternoon reduces the risk of dying of heart disease by 30%. i like evidence like that! :)
have a good day.