First Ring Daily: Surface Walking

Posted on December 18, 2017 by Brad Sams in First Ring Daily, Podcasts with 1 Comment

On this episode of First Ring Daily, Brad has a Surface Pro, Paul has a Surface Laptop, and we stay a little bit healthier in 2017.

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  1. wright_is

    We have a dog. At the moment, I am at home most days. At the moment, I am walking between 10,000 and 13,000 steps. Most of that is taking the dog for a walk twice a day. The short, morning walk is around 2,500 steps, then I make a longer walk lunch times with the dog, around 5.000 - 6,000. In the evening, I either go with the dog again or my wife goes with the dog. With keeping the 250 steps per hour between 09:00 and 18:00, I easily manage to get the 10,000 in. Add in going shopping etc. and I get well over the 10,000.

    In January, I am starting a new job, which will involve a 20 minute walk to the station, then another 15 - 20 minute walk to the office, once I get into town (when it rains, I'll probably drive the car to the station), so that should up my step count for the day, even if it means I only go mornings and evenings with the dog.

    We are fairly lucky, there are over a couple of dozen different places we can drive to within a 5 minutes of home to walk in the countryside with the dog and even setting out on foot, we are out of town in a few minutes.

    I would have thought, with your new dog, Paul, you should be able to get a fairly decent daily count in there. Labradors need a fair amount of exercise, so I would have thought you would have no problems getting 10,000 steps in, even if you only go on one walk a day with the dog.

    I find it a good way to relax and I use it as time to listen to podcasts or audio books, whilst enjoying the fresh air. At the moment we have temperatures around freezing and we had a lot of rain the last couple of weeks, so it was a little harder to get myself moving, but I still manage to get my 10,000 daily steps done - I think I have had about 3 weeks in the last year where I fell below 70,000 steps in a week (that was after an operation and I couldn't get out as much, I was only getting around 4-,6000 steps, being stuck in the house).

    I do find the FitBit is very useful to get me moving. I will often look at it in the evening (when I'm not working from home), when I set out with the dog and I need another 3-4,000 steps, so I'll take a slightly longer route, so that I hit my target.

    The only downside of the FitBit is that chopping vegetables or stirring sauces on the stove can quickly get you a thousand steps or so, so it can easily give you a false sense of achievement - I think they should stop calling it steps and just call it movement and the distance travelled should then be restricted to GPS, but other than that, I am very happy using such a tracker, it certainly motivates me to try and exceed my daily targets.