My exercise efforts since I last posted have been pathetic. It is true that I was sitting on a train for two days (I walked the length of the train – 100 steps per car – several times to at least get some movement in and I paced the train station between trains). If I had driven or taken a plane I would have been even more sedentary. My other excuse is that I was sick one day after returning from the trip and Sam has been under the weather (nasty flu/cold) and my routine walking home from work was disrupted. I’m being whiney.
I have started two new routines. Instead of walking up the stairs to my office sometime during the day, I start the day by walking up the stairs. This way it is more likely that I’ll walk the stairs at least twice a day. Yesterday it was 3 times! My second change is a funny one. For years I have mentally calculated the shortest distance between where I am and where I want to go and then followed that route. I’ve decided that I will now go a longer route than the shortest one. I may only mean an extra minute of walking every time I go some place (or less if the distance is very short, e.g., from my office to the main Department office) but it should add up.
This is going to sound odd but I’m finding that it is getting hard for me to sit for any length of time. Several years ago I fell off a ladder (about 12 feet) and landed on my butt. This would have been bad enough by itself but I had a metal tape measure (about 2.5″X 2.5″X 1″ or 6.25 X 6.25 X 2.5 cm) clipped to my back pocket of my jeans. The bruises were spectacular and deep. Now if I sit too long (I’ve stood up twice since I started typing) the pain becomes pretty intense. While I probably should ask my physician about it the next time I see her, it is getting me to move.
Now for my poor record:
Sunday 16-October: walking (non-aerobic) 1.5 miles – 30 minutes
Monday and Tuesday: nothing (train walking on Monday out of desperation)
Wed – Friday: stairs 5 flights on Wed and Thursday and 10 flights on Friday
Sunday 24-October: StairMaster 30 minutes (aerobic)
Monday 25-October: stairs 15 flights
Tuesday 26-October: stairs 15 flights; walking (aerobic) 40 minutes