While I was writing a piece for the corporate newsletter on how to best use the darn thing, I decided to clip that mutha on for few days. After discovering a guideline for steps taken/activity level, I knew I was in trouble. (This is the part where I imagine you checking your junk drawer for that old pedometer you threw in there years ago...)
This is what I found:
0-5000 steps = sedentary (otherwise known as "You are still in bed")
5001-7499 steps = low active - typical day w/out exercise (which I call "I sit on my butt all day")
7500 - 9999 steps = somewhat active (Criminy, when do we reach "active"??)
10000 steps - active (omg - do realize how many steps this is? That's a lot of trips to the restroom at work)
over 12,500 steps = highly active (or "I'm doing a walkathon")
So, after a couple of days trying to remember to put the damn thing on and actually check it once in awhile, I finally share my adventures with my fellow co-workers. I was mortified at how little I really do move. I mean, I knew that since I started working again, I spend too much time sitting at the computer, but I was really disappointed in my step count. The pedometer reminded me of how little I was moving and it motivated me to move more---which is the whole point, right? I guess that is where I motivated my fellow employees to grab one and join me.
I dug out a pedometer for Jim (he is leaving next week, so I gave him one ahead of distribution to the rest of the office) and egged him on. I knew he'd be cracking up with me on how pathetic our step count would be. Why not share the misery, right? And off we were, challenging each other to see who had the worst step count.
The following is better known as "Pedometer Wars":
- Mid-way through the morning, I went to check my numbers and I accidentally re-set my pedometer.
- Jim was kneeling down to get a file--I had to notify him that crawling is not a recorded movement on his pedometer.
- Knowing I was low in numbers, Irene offered to walk with me to the post office and Wendy's on our lunch break. No, I did not get a frosty.
- I learned that if you clip it on your bosom and "shake it", you can ring up lots of steps. And you look good too.
- I also learned that if you clip it on your hips and "shake it", you can ring up lots of steps as well. AND you look good too. Well, that's what the men in the office said anyway.(I was getting really, really creative with increasing my step count without really walking--I think you can tell)
- Pulling up and down your drawers to go potty adds a step or two (yes!)
- You can kill a lot of time at work on a Friday discussing your step progress....or the lack thereof.
I know what you are thinking right about now....."Where is my pedometer?" and "I wonder how many steps do I take in a day?". Yeah, well, you don't wanna know. It's probably not as good as you think it is.
Unless you "shake it" a lot.