One of the blogs I follow on Word Press is called My Journey One Day at a Time. Rachael is also working to be a healthier version of herself, just as I am. Recently she put out a challenge to her followers, and I am going to take her up on it.
The challenge is to increase your daily steps by 1,000 over whatever is your average today, and to do so for one Month. The challenge starts tomorrow (12-January), and runs until 12-February.
I thought about how I would do this. I am already on a challenge that involves a lot of walking. The Daytona 500km challenge involves me walking 500km between the race at Homestead in November, and the Daytona 500.
The good news is that when I am walking for that challenge, I am not using the pedometer app on my phone, so it has been logging my walking other than the Daytona 500 Challenge. Today I had a look and learned that since December 1, I have been walking an average of 3,350 steps per day that are not part of my Daytona 500 challenge.
For the sake of roundness of numbers, I am going to set my level for this challenge to 5,000 steps per day. This will all be on top of the walking for the Daytona 500 challenge. Also, I am not only going to shoot for this as an average, but I am also going to try to make sure that 90% of my days have 5,000 steps or more in them. That means there can only be 3 days in the 31 where I have fewer.
Most smart phones either have an app to be a pedometer, or you can download one. If you have a fitness tracker, you can use that to look back at your recent average and step it up by 1,000 per day for the next 31 days.
Please join Rachael and I in this challenge. I think it will be fun, and it will be a nice addition to the walking I am already doing.