It’s long since been held, by experts, that walking 10,000 steps a day is an excellent way to stay healthy. Last week, inspired by Casino Avenue I purchased a cheap pedometer (£5 on eBay), and started wearing it to work.
The results are about what I figured, on average I walk around 5,000 steps a day (actual average is 5,174). There is one option open to me to increase that in an average working day, and that’s to walk to the station in the morning and walk home at night. OK, that’s really two options.
It takes around 30 mins to walk to the station and would mean I’d have to leave the house around 7.20am to catch my train. I struggle to leave the house at 7.45am so realistically, whilst I may walk to the station on occasion, it just doesn’t suit me. I’m quite willing to accept that. Hey, I enjoy my bed.
On the way home… well it’s the way home. Who wants a 30+ min walk home, up a very large hill, when they come home from work? Not me that’s for sure. And therein lies the problem. I’m a lazy bugger.
Other than that there is very little else I can do to increase the step count. If I get off the train one stop early it’s only going to add a couple of hundred – two stops early would add a further hour onto my journey, so that’s a no-no.
So I guess, with the lighter evenings heading our way, I should consider walking home once in a while. I think I’ll start off with twice a week and see how it goes.