Category: Travel

A Week of Walking 10,000 Steps Per Day

Happy #NationalWalkingMonth!

A while back I set myself the challenge of walking more. Last week I finally conjured up the motivation to start. I decided to do the recommended 10,000 steps per day for a week to see how I would feel. I walked to work, went for a quick stroll at lunch and then walked home. Luckily this amounted to exactly the number of steps that I needed for the day! In total each day I walked for around 1 hour and 40 minutes, with my mile count at about 4.5 miles per day.

Monday – 10,280 steps

On Monday I felt good! I felt energised after walking to work and I was early for a change! I couldn’t wait to get out and have a proper break at lunch. When back in the office I was focused and productive and didn’t feel the 3 o’clock slump. After my walk home I didn’t feel tired at all and could probably have done more walking if it wasn

Tuesday – 10,621 steps

On Tuesday I felt even more energised, the sun was shining and I was early for work again. I went for a longer walk at lunch because it was such a nice day. I was excited to walk home as I’d had a particularly productive day and so I wanted some thinking time before I had to sit down to my uni assignment.

Wednesday – 10,215 steps

On Wednesday I felt a little drained. I don’t know whether this was due to the stress that comes with uni assignments or the walking but it didn’t stop me from doing my steps. I took a shorter walk at lunch as there are fewer people in the office on Wednesdays but I was glad of this! I managed to submit my assignment and get a decent night’s sleep ready for tomorrow’s walking.

Thursday – 10,546 steps

On Thursday I felt a lot less drained but oh my calves!! I struggled to walk with pace because my legs were really tight. When I got home I did some stretches and they really helped, but it’s something I am going to have to continue to do until I’m a bit more flexible! I also think this was down to the fact that I hadn’t been drinking enough water. Something I’m quite often guilty of. Nevertheless, I still got my steps done and felt proud that I’d kept it up this far.

Friday – 12,064 steps

Friday was also a struggle on the legs to the point where I wasn’t going to walk at lunch. I hadn’t taken any lunch to work so that forced me out. I walked to my sister’s house after work, which took me about an hour. When I got there I was exhausted but after a quick drink and a rest I was dancing around the living room with my niece!

Saturday – 11,524 steps

I worked on Saturday and so this meant walking both ways. I felt energised again and with only 8,000 steps from the work journey I was trying to think of ways to up the step count. Getting the bus rather than accepting a lift helped with this and pushed my steps to where I needed them.

Sunday – 11,531 steps

I was worried about how I would fit all of my steps in on a day off work so I arranged to go for a walk with the BFF. We went to Crackley Wood Nature Reserve, where all of the bluebells were in bloom. It was beautiful and also nice and flat so easy on the calves as they were still aching.

img_6934I really enjoyed my walking week challenge. Throughout the whole process I haven’t lost any weight but I haven’t really been keeping an eye on my diet and that wasn’t my aim. I definitely feel in better shape for it! I am going to continue to do at least 10,000 steps per day until my calves stop aching. After this I am going to bump the step count up to 15,000 by taking an evening stroll.

How do you get the recommended daily steps? Any tips on calf stretching? I’d love to hear from you!


Walking Challenges for 2017

In a previous post I mentioned that I was going to try to cycle to and from work every day. Unfortunately the weather got in the way. Well, I did decide to start when winter was coming! Although I did say that weather should not stop you, it is probably best you don’t cycle in frost! Instead, I’ve been getting the bus to work then walking home each evening. It’s not as far as I first thought and VERY refreshing! It allows me to think and reflect on my day, plan my to dos for when I get home and have a bit of a break from my phone for 40 minutes.

Now that I’ve got into my walking groove I’ve looked into a couple of challenges that I’d like to try this year and also one that I have set myself.

Steps Challenge

No, I don’t mean ‘5, 6, 7, 8’!

NHS Choices advises that 10,000 steps per day will keep you fit and healthy. When I read this I was intrigued to find out how many steps per day I currently average. I work in a pretty small office, so I wasn’t expecting anywhere near 10,000. However, I was completely shocked to find out that I average a measly 2,000! Only 20% of the daily recommendation!

Walking home has increased my steps to around 5,000, still only half way there. NHS Choices does say to build up gradually so there’s plenty of time to step it up!

1000 Miles in 1 Year Challenge

Live for the outdoors are challenging people to walk 1000 miles in 2017. This would be an average of 2.74 miles per day. It would take a bit of catching up to start now but I’m sure with a few long walks it could easily be done!

‘The Peaks’ Challenge

A take on the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’, it would be nice to set the goal of climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales this year without the time constraint of having to do it in one go – especially for a person lacking a little on the fitness side!

My Personal Challenge

As I mentioned, I work in a small office with little chance to move around. Now the weather is getting warmer I am going to take the challenge to up my steps even more.

To make up the rest of the steps I plan to:

  • Start walking to work (this will be difficult, I’m not a morning person)
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime (trying to avoid any fast food places and their tempting smells)
  • Take an evening stroll (also difficult when I have studying to do!)

I’m sure with a little bit of time management and dedication walking can become a bigger part of my daily routine.

What walking goals and challenges have you set yourself this year? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!



New Found Love – Geocaching!

I have discovered something new and you’re going to love it.

When I say new, it’s actually quite old now. It all started in 2000 according to when the technology became available to track objects by their specific GPS location.

I’m talking about the worldwide treasure hunt known as Geocaching. To play along you download the app, set about walking and try to find hidden capsules along the way. In these capsules you find little bits of treasure or nik naks, then either swap something or place your own in for somebody else to find! You often find a piece of paper where you can write the date you found the capsule and your username from the app.

Not only is this a fun activity but it gets you out and about in your local area or even further afield, if you’re willing to travel. I was surprised at how many of these I have walked past, without even noticing them!

Just look at the beautiful scenery I have come across thanks to Geocaching…


Ryton Pools Autumn Woodland Walk

Yesterday I went on a lovely Autumnal country walk at Ryton Pools. The leaves were floating gently to the ground all around me and it was all very calm. I love walking at this time of year, here’s why:

  1. There are hardly any people around – who wants to go out in the cold, right?
  2. The colours are amazing! – so much more to see than in summer (including mushrooms!!).
  3. You don’t get hot and sweaty – nothing worse than rocking up to the pub after for that (well deserved) pint looking like you’ve accidentally fallen in the lake.
  4. You get to accessorise – who doesn’t love a woolly hat and scarf??

Don’t get me wrong, you need to be prepared for mud and the possibility of rain but that’s what makes it feel like an adventure.

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