Friday, July 22, 2011

The Last Day

Good Morning!

Today is the last day of our challenge to beat the national step average.  Did you beat it?  Did you notice anything about your days?  On which days did you accrue the most steps?

When I started, I was shocked at how quickly my steps added up!  I forgot how much our legs can move in a day.  I also noticed other things about days when my steps were lower:
  1. I slept in.
  2. I worked more on the computer.
  3. I didn't have my morning Stroller Fitness class.
  4. I didn't get a good night's sleep the night before.
I noticed that my energy level had everything to do with my activity during the day.  I walked over 21, 000 steps on Monday, but yesterday I only reached a bit over 17, 000 (that's what happens when Scrabble games go late into the night...).  I realized that my sleep has everything to do with how I feel the next day!

From this challenge, I learned that I need to maintain a more disciplined sleep schedule.  As the week moves on, I find myself staying up later and later, and my energy level drops a little more each day.

What have you learned?  Did you beat the average?  Let me know!  I love hearing from YOU!

We'll have another fun challenge in September.  Stay tuned!

1 comment:

Lisa said...

i didn't get anywhere close to your numbers, but i did also realize that my lower energy days were harder to get the steps in (when i had less sleep the night before), but on the busier days i seemed to get more steps without much more effort. i look forward to the next challenge, so i can start at the beginning!