This summer during the workplace step counting challenge I was averaging about 18,000 steps a day. Woohoo!
That was partly a matter of rising to the challenge but largely a matter of living in a very big house and owning a dog that needs walking.
I’m not supposed to do anything that irritates my knee so that means no stairs. As a result I’ve been hunting down elevators in all the buildings I work in. It’s been eye opening.
My Garmin sets a step goal for me based on what I’ve actually been walking. The idea is that it’s a challenge but not too big a challenge to be dispiriting. I laughed today though when I met my step goal at 3,998 steps.
Further, I met the goal while walking around a large suburban shopping mall on the Southwest side of Chicago.
My knee is getting better. I’ve seen the doctor. I’ve had an x-ray. Physio starts Tuesday. And in waiting for an MRI. Injury is part of an athletic lifestyle and I’m taking care of myself. Who am I kidding? Injuries are part of life, part of aging. The physio clinic says that inactivity and sedentary lifestyles are worse for arthiritic knees than movement.
And look, while mall walking I bought this new leather jacket. I love the faux fur collar. Life isn’t all bad.