Yesterday, I started using the pedometer given to me as a surprise Christmas gift by Anne-Marie Faiola of Brambleberry. I decided against a morning run so I could prepare for the hearings on the Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act, which ran from 3:30pm to 8:44pm EST. According to Kimberly Linton, my guest on yesterday's Indie Business Radio Show, one should aim for 10,000 steps daily to achieve maximum fitness, especially if weight loss is a goal. When I went to bed last night, my pedometer read 2,789.
This morning, I made a different choice. After taking my children to school, I headed for the gym for a 2-mile run. (Well, I walked really fast for a mile and ran for a mile.) Yep, that's my treadmill glamour shot. When I got off the treadmill, my pedometer read 6,411. And it was not yet 9:00am.
It's not as if I haven't finished a run before 9:00am before. I've done it before, although I have not been at all consistent. What's different today is the pedometer, which objectively reflects the dramatic difference that comes from one simple decision.
I'm nowhere near where I need to be. For me, fitness is a battle I have fought and lost many times before. I'm not brazen enough to say that this time will be any different. But I do know that this day will be different. It already is, and that makes me happy.
Question: What choices can you make today to maximize your fitness level?