Today is the last day of the year.
My resolution for 2009 was to walk 10,000 steps per day, each day of the year.
I’m happy to report that I did this.
There were a few days that fell short, usually by just a few steps. But I always made up the difference the next day.
Once, I was tired and accidentally fell asleep and came up 4,000 steps short. The next day, I walked 14,000 steps.
A couple of times, my odometer pressed too hard against the other stuff in my pocket and reset itself. This happened late in the day when I had over half the steps complete. Because the goal of 10k steps per day has become such an obsession, I went ahead and walked the extra steps until the device hit 10k.
There was also the day my odometer battery died and I was too far along to start over. I did some estimating that day and feel confident I was over the required number.
It’s interesting how I developed a real sense for how many steps I had walked. When I check my pedometer, I’m never surprised. I can almost always get within a few hundred steps of how far I’ve walked that day.
I developed a sore toe about two or three weeks into the year (last January). Almost one year later, it’s still a little sore, but improving. I rarely notice it.
I did have to get a new pair of shoes in July, for my birthday. Probably will do so again in the next couple of months.
Next year, I plan to keep the same goal.
Problem is, I didn’t take time to stretch and, with all that walking, had a few creaky days wherein I did not feel so young.
I’ve always loved yoga. Started when I was 19 years old, as a sophomore in college, where I took a class in a wonderful studio in Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem. But with all the walking this year, I neglected taking the time for yoga.
So this year I’m adding daily yoga in 2010 to the New Years Resolution. This goal comes with some qualification. In order to make it count as a daily practice, I won’t ask myself to do a full routine — 30 to 90 minutes — if things are too busy. I’ll do ten minutes and call it yoga. I started this a week ago and it works out well. Ten minutes is not ideal, but it still makes a huge difference. When time allows, I’ll practice longer.
As for today, the last day of the year — time for a walk.