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May 17, 2013

NASH: 1,000 miles, one step at a time

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The group has 98 members who are all at different levels of commitment to this program. The idea is for everyone to set a goal and throughout the year keep the group updated on your daily totals as well as your progress for the year. While I have been doing better on my commitment to exercising, I have been poor in my commitment to this group. I know I can do better and I plan to keep better track of my progress.

Traveling 1,000 miles under your own power may seem like an intimidating goal to set for yourself until you take a close look at the math. To accomplish your goal in a year’s time you would have to average a little over 2.7 miles per day. You could easily walk that far in around 45 minutes at a fairly casual pace. If you worked your way up to jogging you could easily do it in less than 30 minutes. Riding a bike most people could get it done in around 15 minutes.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week for a healthier lifestyle. That would put the goals of this group right in line with their recommendations.  

If you think that you cannot fit a few hours of exercise into your week, take a few days and keep a log of all the things you do. I am sure that most people could find something that they could cut back on to make room for a few minutes a day of exercise. According to Nielsen the average American over the age of 2 spends more than 34 hours a week watching television.  

 I have not been very diligent in my posting in the group, but I have been doing a pretty good job of tracking my mileage. I used my phone to calculate the distance of a couple of different routes that I take and I record them in a pocket calendar. As of writing this column I am at 176 miles for 2013. These miles come from about 60 percent walking and 40 percent bike riding.

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