Satu’s Heart Healthy Weekend!

Bloggers' Healthy Heart WeekendA 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.

Snowboarders riding up the hill

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. 🙂


  1. Aimee says:

    Way to go Satu! Your hike sounds like it was lovely. I was never much of an outdoorsy type. Since having my son it’s like I’m rediscovering nature all over again particularly when it comes to the winter. Before winter was an excuse to sit inside and now I love the feel of the fresh cold air. Snowboarding looks fun, but I agree a bit dangerous. I would love to learn how to ski one of these days.

    • Satu says:

      Walking outdoors is definitely different from working out indoors. I should really take long outdoors walks more often because I feel so good afterwards!

      And congrats on winning one of Lori’s prizes! 🙂

  2. Lori says:

    Yay for getting outside! I would never snowboard. I did downhill skiing once. Never again. Cross country maybe, but other snow sports. No thanks!

    • Satu says:

      I wonder what happened with downhill skiing… 🙂 Cross country skiing is the perfect sport – It’s full body but low impact, and very strenuous. I used to hate it as a teenager.

  3. Adrian says:

    Hi Satu

    Good for you that’s the way to go. Many people usually use winter as an excuse for not exercising including myself at times. Keep doing it for your health. I love walking to and I always feel energized afterwards.

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