Most fun way to get 12,000 steps

New Year’s Eve day I didn’t do much. Some writing, some house cleaning, and that’s about it.

Come seven o’clock, I did change clothes. From sweats into a sparkly sequin dress and pointy toed witchy shoes with skull buckles!


My partner Jeff and I and our son Gavin hopped into the car and drove to a friend’s house in a nearby town for a party. There was lots of fun music, good food, all sorts of drink, and commiseration about the year that was. 

Mostly I danced. To Prince and to David Bowie. I got teary but I didn’t cry.

I was surprised when long before midnight my FitBit buzzed. Seems I’d hit my 8000 steps goal in dance steps. By nights end I’d hit 12,300.

Okay, it might not be the very best way to get that many steps. I’m sure there are some fabulous hikes out there. But still, it was an awful lot of fun. Thanks to our hosts S and M. We agreed, the next day, that our aching backs and feet and knees told the story of our age. But it was definitely worth it. I think we need more regular dance training. Less dance binging on NYE.

At the end we watched this,

And sang along to “Happy New Year Prince can’t die again.”



About Sam B

Philosopher, feminist, parent, and cyclist!

3 thoughts on “Most fun way to get 12,000 steps

  1. siglindesarts says:

    Sounds like a fun night. Dancing is a great way to get fit – don’t undersell it :). I have a friend who is a zumba and jazz dance instructor (working mostly with seniors now) and, at around 50, she has the fitness and energy level of a teenager. Even without all the steps (for example ballet or bellydance) it’s an excellent core and brain workout. And Bollywood combines all three. Maybe there’s a future post in there for someone who wants to experiment with new ways to get fit?

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  2. catherine w says:

    Loved all of this! 12K steps through dancing, skull buckles, the song, and the anarchist throwing a bouquet of flowers. And yes, more dancing in 2017!

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  3. That recap video of 2016 is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a LONG time! Can’t stop giggling!

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