Humana health insurance promises good health if we take 10,000 steps each day. AARP’s most recent magazine recommends 10,000 steps a day and suggests that 5,000 steps means sedentary. I recently purchased a pedometer, which I have reliably attached to my waist each morning.
So now I’m going to get fit and healthy. How? I walk. Not that I walk more than I did before I bought the pedometer. But now I actually know how healthy and fit I’m getting—or how sedentary I really am. And here’s the frosting on the cake. Now I obsess about how close I might have come to 5,000 steps or—will I ever get there?—10,000 steps. The pedometer is the last thing I look at before I take my glasses off at night. I put it on my bathrobe belt loop before I put my glasses back on in the morning. I look at it as much as I look at my iPhone, which is—trust me—a lot! Yesterday, I made 7,009. The day before 3,698. It motivated me to riffle through the bathroom cabinet hoping to find an unconsumed and fuzz-free happy pill. Five days ago, I did my best at 7,480 steps. Let's see. . . If I average out the last five days, I have walked 5,605 steps!
You know what that means? That means I am officially not sedentary.