Walking 10k steps a day is a concept I’ve heard a thousand times. If you’ve been interested in fitness or health at all for the last decade, you’ve likely heard it, too. The basic idea is that getting in 10k steps a day boosts your health in a number of ways. It can lead to better moods, lower blood pressure, weight loss, feelings of accomplishment, etc. That is a theory I am about about test.
To me the idea of 10k steps in a day may as well be asking me for 10k MILES because I get around 3500 steps on a really good day and see no way to include more. This is a screenshot of my newly installed pedometer app call Stepz (no affiliation). As you can see, I’m a slug. I sit, a lot. It appears as though I barely move at all. I can actually affirm that information is completely correct, and disgusting. This is part of my problem.
For the last year, I have been eating as much as I want and not exercising. Its been awesome, terrible, distracting, and apparently just what I wanted to do. I’m a firm believer that humans do what they want regardless of what they say. I’ll explain that more later. It was a hard year for my family and the way I dealt with it was to be bad to my body. Admittedly this was not the best way to deal with the stress, but that is not the point of this blog. The year of gluttony has resulted in my already large body becoming larger and more recently leading me to have elevated blood pressure. I’m not sure exactly how much weight I’ve gained this year but if I was forced to try and quantify it, I would say I’ve put on about 30 pounds. Yikes! That puts me around the 275 mark and crushes my motivation, but I digress.
As part of my lifestyle change that forces out the perpetual poppycock parade of excuses and time sucking analysis, I’m going to start today to attempt to get in 10k steps a day. My only scientific measurement will be the app on my phone calculating my steps, my newly purchased blood pressure monitor and maybe a scale. I don’t own a scale though so that last one is iffy. The point is not to lose weight necessarily, but it is to try and improve my health.
Here’s what I know about exercise and here’s what I’m expecting the outcome to be. Prepare to be amazed with my smartness.
Exercise causes the release of endorphins in the body. Endorphins have a pain relieving affect similar to morphine and also create a better, more positive feeling in your body which leads to a “better mood”. All this sounds lovely. Exercise also allows blood to pump through your body faster which results in your heart getting stronger over time. As your heart gets stronger, it doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood through the body and that lowers your blood pressure. Again, lovely information.
This is where the perpetual poppycock starts to kill my buzz. As I start thinking about doing something new, the paralyzing thoughts start to pile up. In the case of including 10k steps in my day, the thoughts and questions are almost an impenetrable wall that I am standing below. Picture Jon Snow standing at the bottom of The Wall. This is what I’m dealing with in my head 24/7. Its EXHAUSTING!
Want a taste of what I’m talking about? Here you go.
- I sit down all day at work. How am I going to get more steps in at work?
- The only time I have to do this is while I’m at work. I’m not giving up time with my kids in the evening and I’m not going to get up early or stay up late because I need my sleep. I deserve to get rest. I do a lot for other people. Sleep is all I do for myself.
- If I do this at work, do I need to bring walking shoes to change into? Does this mean I need to go buy another pair of shoes to keep at work. I don’t really need to spend money on that right now. I probably shouldn’t try to do this.
- If I walk in my work clothes and get sweaty, what happens? Do people think I’m gross? Do I change into other clothes? That would take up some of my break time to walk so that would mean I walk less. What if I get my hair sweaty? Will I smell all day?
- Is it going to be a problem for my boss if I take a 10 minute break to walk the parking lot or around the building? Will it cause a problem for my coworkers? I bet I get fired.
- If I don’t get walking shoes to keep at work, can I just walk in my work shoes? I will ruin them if I do that. I can’t do this.
- So if I don’t get in 10k steps one day, does that mean I failed? I should just not do it if I can’t do it all the way.
I wish I could say the questions/excuses stop there but they don’t. The go deep and become tangential little porcupines of self sabotaging poppycock. They serve no real purpose and hinder me from getting anything done. Its time for change. Initiating steering panel to begin turning the titanic.
Goal: Today is August 3, 2018. I’ll attempt 10k steps every day for the rest of the month and see if I experience better mood, weight loss, more energy, and or lower blood pressure. Starting stats = 275 lbs, 159/95 bp, decent mood, decent energy.
PPFAQ: (dumbing it down so I don’t get distracted by the PP)
Q: What if I don’t get all 10k in a day?
A: No big deal. Try to get in as many as you can. If you don’t make it one day, try again the next.
Q: What if I get in more than 10k steps in a day?
A: Great! Good for you.
Q: When will I get my steps in?
A: Whenever I can. I don’t need to get them in all at once. I have 24 hours in every day.
Q: What will I wear to walk in?
A: Clothes. Shoes are optional. Clothes are optional depending on location. Use your best judgment.