A couple of weeks ago I signed up for Bloggers’ Healthy Heart Weekend hosted by Lori from Finding Radiance. The purpose of the challenge is to get the blogger’s butt off the chair (I think!) and force them to get some heart-healthy exercise.
I decided that my feat would be a really long walk, i.e. 10 000 steps measured by my Omron pedometer. Because I’m so short, that corresponds to a 5k walk.
After a couple of hours of dawdling I put on my clothes and headed out. For collecting evidence, I took my digital camera with me and took a shot of my pedometer when I started the walk and again when I ended the walk (I sent the shots to Lori).
Luckily the weather was excellent, 25 F and light drizzle. I would’ve preferred sunshine, but even without it, it was a very good walking weather – not too cold, not too hot and not slippery at all.
My hike lasted about 75 minutes – first I wandered the streets but soon switched to the trails that run in the middle of the nearby woods. I walked between cross country skiing tracks and envied the skiers that whipped past me – I’d love to ski but I haven’t owned a pair of cross-country skis since I was a teenager. The last two winters have been really good for skiing in Finland, but I’m sure if I get myself a pair of skis it will be the last good winter for the next 10 years. 🙂
I paused to take a couple of pictures of a new snowboarding place near where I live. Snowboarding looks fun but also potentially dangerous: I’m would probably break my legs in no time if I tried it. And I bet it requires more core control that I currently have.
When I started my walk my pedometer showed 1040 steps and when I stopped it showed 9752 steps, which means I took 8712 steps in total. Not quite what I aimed for, but I decided I was satisfied.
I felt really good and energized after such a long walk. 🙂