Nov 19

A fat bloke and 10,000 steps a day

I’m too fat.

Ok, I’m not at the “firemen with hoists taking a wall out of my house so I can get out and go to McDonalds” stage, but I could do with losing maybe a stone, maybe two.

My problems are threefold; a love of sweets and chocolate, a sedentary occupation and extreme laziness. We eat well at home; proper meals and I don’t drink much, so it comes down to exercise.

As I hate the gym more than life itself, and resent the financial outlay for something frankly I would hardly use so I have been facing up to the fact that maybe walking would be a good start. It’s free, is supposed to be good exercise and it couldn’t be much simpler, could it?

In fact when I was in Spain in the summer I was walking everywhere and it did me a lot of good, but it’s easy to wander around in the sun on holiday…not so much fun in the November rain back in the UK.

There is a lot of information around about the benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day (about 5 miles). The NHS has a wealth of information including the following paragraph about how many calories you could burn:

How many calories will I burn if I walk 10,000 steps a day?

You’ll burn 500 calories. As you need to burn 3,500 calories in order to lose 500g (1lb) of body fat, you’ll notice that walking 10,000 steps a day will burn 500g (1lb) of body fat a week.

Hypnotist and NLP guru Paul McKenna also makes the case in his book;

I Can Make You Thin (New edition – book & CD)  (sub-title; “You can make me richer!”)

The only equipment needed is a Pedometer (a little device for counting steps). They are dirt cheap and just clip onto your belt, measuring the number of steps taken. In fact if you wear one all day you’ll probably find you walk at least 3-4000 steps anyway, meaning you don’t need to walk too many more to hit 10,000.

Next post I’ll gather together (steal from other places) some more information about the benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day. 

After I’ve been for a walk, obviously…

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