Getting into gear

As the weather cools down and I turn to hearty comfort foods (mmmmmm), I find myself trying to head off the inevitable hibernation tendencies that set in about now. By this I mean going against what my instincts are telling me to do (namely, eat and sleep) and to instead start some new habits.

Like walking.

Now, I already walk every day. More than a lot of folks, for sure – I walk on average of 3 miles a day just to and from work. But I don’t exactly jog, if you know what I mean… Certainly my heart rate doesn’t get too excited.

Two of my biggest personal hurdles have been consistency and accountability with my exercise routine. I do work out, but not with any regularity. Sometimes I stretch, sometimes I do push ups and sit ups, sometimes I go for a walk/jog. When I do go out for walks around the neighborhood, I need to continually remind myself to go a little faster and a little farther. Volleyball and softball are done for the year and if I don’t keep active I will put on more unwanted pounds. I have this crazy idea that if I can move more and eat better, I might actually start a reduction trend. Wacky, I know.

This morning I decided to put my  iPhone to work in helping me with this and I downloaded the RunKeeper app. It has an online interface as well. This handy dandy little bit of programming automatically calculates such things as my speed and distance. I can input my weight and presto: it gives me calorie calculations. It’s simple, it’s easy to use, and it’s right there on my phone.

I’ve also linked it to my barren Twitter account so that when I exercise it will automatically upload my stats. Maybe some public humiliation will give me the incentive I need so desperately. If you want to follow me, I’m cthompson1912.

Care to join me? I will be heading out for my first RunKeeper walk this evening after work. Stay tuned.

(P.S. this app also works for bike riding, jogging, skating, etc.)

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