According to the Washington Post, lawmakers, administration officials, congressional staffers, diplomats and bureaucrats have found something healthy and bipartisan to compete over: the number of steps they walk each day.
Dale and I use the Moves app on our phone and I'm here to tell you checking your daily steps becomes addictive and actually helpful to keep us moving during the day. So many days, we'll walk when we don't have to just to bounce the total up. Fitness experts believe the optimum number of steps should be 10,000 which is harder to achieve than you may think, especially if you have things going on which won't allow walking around. As you can see by the chart in the story, 10,000 is not the typical number of steps taken, it's more around 8000 for active users.
We're fairly fortunate to be living on a 72 acre campus that allows for constant walking as well as owning a dog who likes to get around. In the end, though, these fitness counters really do consume and do make us competitive. Every evening Dale whips out his phone and announces how many steps he had that day. Which makes me do the same. Who had more? Who's the winner?
Monday I had 11,066 which comes out to 5.5 miles. Yesterday only 3500.