On my other blog, TrailCooking, I talk about my workouts and hikes. I haven’t talked about working out in the past few years much on GazingIn, but I think I might go back to talking about it a bit again – at least with my monthly goals for now!
In December I took my use of my SHealth app on my Samsung Galaxy Note to a new level, and started tracking my workouts more closely. My goal from December 22nd on was 10,000 steps minimum. In those 10 days I recorded 132,251 steps (and 66.10 miles). This was a big jump for me, as some days I was making it, but too often I’d be getting 3 to 5,000 steps, which is just way too low! (I was reading that the CDC recommends at least 7-8,000 steps a day for health).
As I came into January, my workout goals stayed similar. I walked 416,696 steps (and 192.99 miles). When I get down on myself, I try to think: I’ve walked more in a month than most people walk in half a year now.
My best day so far in my tracking was January 1st, which I celebrated New Years Day with a cold walk of 30,750 steps on a local rail to trail. The above photo was 6 best days.
So what came out of January, and as well, 41 days of walking 10,000 steps minimum?
Well, I bought new pairs of pants one size smaller at the end of the month. I can fit into workout pants I couldn’t get into before. My legs don’t hurt from my varicose vein, it has actually diminished in size, about half the height as before. I don’t get winded like before. I don’t feel 5 miles anymore, it takes till the 8th or so mile to start feeling fatigue.
But the weirdest side effect? I barely drive now. Where before I got in the car to run a quick errand, now I only drive about 1 to 2 days a week, for kid’s appointments. So I went from a 7 day a week driver, to spending an hour a week driving max in a short month. And even that, come Spring, I might be able to squash most of the rest.
So basically I am becoming that fruitloop every town has, who you see always walking. I’ve got a long way to go to be ready for summer, but I’ll take January. It was a good workout month!
On to February…where my goals have gone up considerably and I have introduced a new workout on top of it all…see you in a week and a half to share on how that is going!