1. You wear a pedometer to track your steps. The average person walks about 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. 2,000 steps equals a mile. To accomplish my goal of 6800 miles in a year, I have to average 18.6 miles a day. That's a lot of steps! But it is doable.
3. Make a conscious effort to increase your steps. I do this by parking further away from every building I go to. I also increase my trips while doing every day household chores. Instead of taking a full basket of laundry to a room, I take individual loads. This may be a little more time consuming for some people but our house really isn't that big and it doesn't add that much time to chores.
4. Walk to Iraq was actually a program that many spouses did when their Soldiers were deployed and they came out with other guidelines as well that helped me achieve my goals. Some of those ideas were as follows.
- Earn a mile for every 30 minutes of sustained physical activity like running, cycling, swimming, aerobics, organized sports, ect.
- Earn a mile for every 25 lbs of care packages you mailed to your Service Member
- Earn a mile for every 2 hours of service you provide for someone else
6. Eat healthy and drink plenty of water! I think that's self-explanatory.
So overall, my goal in doing this 6800 miles is to give myself the opportunity to focus on me.