I got this idea from Cassie over at Super Fit Babe, who, man, inspires me so much. I was pretty curious about how many steps I could take, and ended up purchasing my own Fitbit. I love it, and find it more reliable and versatile than my cellphone’s health app.
So let’s take a look at my progressively-lazier notes!
DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY
- great weather, quite humid, and very sunny
- walked to the farmer’s market in the city, shopped at the market, then walked home
- came home to a very distinct tan line!
- walked home from school in the evening
- I took two showers today
- felt limited flexibility in my hip flexors and adductors in yoga today
- left ankle, the one I sprained as a kid, felt a little ‘off’ (not discomfort or pain, just different – maybe tightness?)
DAY 2 – THURSDAY
- rained in the morning, didn’t feel like walking in the morning so I did a slow yoga class instead
- during the yin yoga class, I noticed that I was less flexible in the hips like yesterday
- rained sporadically in the afternoon, cutting my walk a little shorter
- walked at a slower pace than normal
- bottoms of feet were a little sore at the end of the afternoon
- it was difficult for me to push to 20,000 steps today
- I wanted to eat all the carbs on Earth today, and did end up having an extra pumpkin and spinach scone, plus a brownie for dessert (amazing)
- not yet 20,000 at night, so I paced around the house until I reached 20,000 then went to bed
DAY 3 – FRIDAY
- cleaning in the morning took up a lot of steps
- felt hungry in the afternoon
- ate lots of carbs at lunch again, and loved every bite
- easy to hit 20,000 steps, though the bottoms of my feet were a little sore
- needed to take sitting breaks during my afternoon outing
DAY 4 – SATURDAY
- felt energetic today
- good weather
- got to roll out my feet with a spiky massage ball at the end of the day, which felt very nice
- this is the most I’ve walked in a day so far in the challenge
- didn’t actually feel HUNGRY, but once I started eating, I couldn’t stop eating
- fell asleep every quickly at night (writing this on Sunday morning)
- forgot sunscreen in the morning
DAY 5 – SUNDAY
- woke up at 6:45, feeling pretty energetic
- great weather just a little windy
- felt like I had a lot of energy throughout the day and wanted to walk
- increased pace in the evening since the temperature was just right
DAY 6 – MONDAY
- ton of energy today
- very, incredibly hot
- when I get tired and feet get sore, I walk even faster so that I can get home sooner and relax
DAY 7 – TUESDAY
- so tired
- not really that much to say
I like how my notes eventually got shorter and shorter out of laziness.
- I slept really well. Normally, I fall asleep after a few minutes of lying in bed, but this time, I felt like I fell asleep even FASTER. Even if I wasn’t sleepy, my body was overall a good level of ‘tired’, and I needed that sleep. On top of that, I ended up waking up (naturally), later than usual. While I typically roll out of bed around 6:45 or 7:00, I found myself lying in bed until 7:30 or 7:45 most mornings.
- Walking is almost meditative. I don’t spend much time (AKA I don’t spend any time) meditating, or doing something simple like visualizing/listening to music. However, when I walked, I got to play some of my favourite tunes and focus on the beat and the lyrics. I think this was quite beneficial for my mental health, as I came back to studying feeling a greater sense of concentration.
- I felt refreshed. I loved the feeling of wind in my face, and being able to see the river. Since Brisbane has beautiful pedestrian walkways right next to the Brisbane river, I felt so lucky to get some great scenery while walking.
- I got a tan! A pretty bad tan, to be fair, complete with some strange tank-top tan lines, but I’ve always wanted to be a little golden.
- Vitamin D from all the sunshine!
- Made me appreciate music.
- A sense of pride and accomplishment.
- It’s not as easy as it looks!
- It is quite time-consuming. I felt as if I didn’t have sufficient time to do other tasks, like
- Easy, free, transportation.
- Less time and desire to do resistance exercises.
- Decreased flexibility in my hips.
Overall, I enjoyed the walking and learned a bit about my mind and body. Now that classes have resumed, however, I don’t see myself continuously reaching 20,000 steps a day anymore. It was a great experiment to dabble in, and I feel more aware, more conscious, of the mild cardiorespiratory activity that I should take part in, on a regular basis.
Walk on, everyone!