‘Tis the season for sharing resolutions and fitness goals. There’s nothing like a new year to bring on a fresh spark to ignite that fitness fire. It would appear that I am far ahead of the game this year, because my health kick started in November.
There was no nutrition component to the study, just exercise. The exercise portion was not at all daunting. I was required to walk at least 10,000 steps a day (they gave me a pedometer), including at least 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity walking 5 times a week. The third week in, I also added 30 minutes of strength training three times a week, guided by a personal trainer.
For the story part, they visited us at home (such a thrill for the kids!)
I checked in with the journalist, Reg Sherren. Here, he's watching a video of my progress report on his treadmill in Winnipeg.
And of course, there was a lot of walking. 10,000 steps a day was, surprisingly, not too much of a challenge. I had to wear the pedometer a couple of days before the study started and it turns out that I was already registering about 8,500 steps a day. I made a concerted effort to take the long route to meetings, parked my car a little further away and added a 30-minute walk at lunch. Just like that, I was seeing numbers like 14,000 on the pedometer. One Saturday I suggested that the whole family walk to the city's Santa Claus parade. That was a 20,000+ steps day!