Did you know that most people only walk 900-1000 steps on a daily basis? After learning this fact, I became committed to the Truckee Walking Challenge to become a better walker and increase my distance each day. I began the Community Walking Challenge at their kickoff April 30. The organizer Tahoe Forest Health System is encouraging everyone to get up and get moving. Participants vow to walk 10,000 steps a day for each day in May. It’s free to sign up and you can get a pedometer for only $10 at the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance. Call 587-3769 for more details.
And it’s not too late! If you sign up on May 10th, you would simply up your walking schedule to 14,720 steps each day. By the end of the month you’re all caught up.
I decided to enter the Challenge as part of my Donner Lake Swim training. As a returning participant, I know that pre-conditioning is important. It’s a 2.7 mile swim across the lake in August. With an altitude of 5,933 feet, being fit is an important part of completing the swim.
I’ve got my pedometer strapped on and I’m making the effort to ‘go the extra mile’ and get that daily count up to 10,000 steps. It’s a push; I’ll admit that. But the sore leg muscles are easing and I’m feeling great.
Like I said….it’s not too late! Celebrate the beautiful scenery and walk your way to health and fitness.