Sunday, January 31, 2021

Rest of Saturday and some of Sunday

 So this is the rest of yesterday's walk. 

Last night my feet were hurting. Two walks in two days. That just shows me I really need to get out and walk a whole lot more. I'm getting old just sitting around for so long. Got in 3000 steps yesterday, not enough. Bill fixed dinner last night. Very good. Herbed pasta with grilled chicken. 

This morning the sun is up and the sky blue. Looks like it will be a nice day. 

And the end of January - so soon. Got to remember to back up my laptop tonight. Try

I try to remember to do it every end of month. 

Interesting pattern to the streets. It is done by hand one by one. 

Some times I take pictures just because I like the way a scene looks. By the way, the house on the right is for sale. 
Interesting window treatment. 
A couple of men with guitars heading towards the Plazuela Machado.  When we got there they were sitting on a bench playing and singing. 
This restaurant serves everything that can be eaten with your hands. 
Made my knees shake to watch this guy up on this TALL ladder. No one at bottom keeping it steady. 
Right in front of the parking lot. I don't remember seeing him before. 
On our way home we passed this boarded up building. Some one took some time doing it. Next time will try to get a better picture of it. Reminds me of a quilt. 

This is a holiday weekend here - three days weekend. All ready a lot more traffic in the city. Mostly cars from inland where there is very cold weather and snow. 

Took another walk today 1.94 miles in 43 minutes. Didn't bother me as much today as the other day. Picked up the pace a little. Only 4800 steps though.. Long way from 10,000. Why is it ten thousand anyway? Isn't just a good paced walk for 40 minutes just as good? Just wondering. Guess I could Google it. 

AH HA!  
Where Did the 10,000 Steps Rule Come From?

According to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that the 10,000 step rule started as a part of a marketing campaign for pedometers in Japan! But before you get too disappointed, keep reading. When researched, it turns out the marketers were on to something.

The lead researcher, I-Min Lee, believes that the decision to go with 10,000 steps — not 9,000 or 12,000 steps, for example — was made because the Japanese character for the number 10,000 looks like someone taking a step or walking. It should come as no surprise then that the company cleverly fit that Japanese character into the company’s logo and marketing.

What Does Science Say About the 10,000 Steps Rule?

So if the 10,000 steps rule was just a part of a marketing strategy and not based on confirmed studies, why did it catch on? 

According to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, researchers found that the average number of steps that adults take each day varied widely. Primarily based on career choice and physical ability, adults were found to take between 4,000 and 18,000 steps each day. Those in the service industry (e.g., bartenders and waiters) were likely to be at the higher end, while a person working in a job that required the individual to be stationary (e.g., call center agent or receptionist) was more likely to be at the lower end.

The study found that given the wide range of numbers, 10,000 steps per day was actually a great target for optimal health benefits includingweight loss and injury prevention when put to the test. However, these numbers weren’t quite the same for the elderly.

According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers focused on the mortality rate of elderly women and the impact that regular walking had on it. While walking more (or just being more active in general) is very important, researchers suggested that there isn’t much more benefit to walking 10,000 steps per day, than walking, say, 7,000.

The study concluded that 5,000 steps per day was a great place to start, especially if you are living a sedentary lifestyle, which includessitting down for most of the day due to work and transportation, for example. With that said, 7,000 steps would be optimal, as it provides the greatest benefit for the elderly with the lowest risk of overuse injuries for this age group. For younger individuals however,10,000 is an even better goal."

So now we know, a marketing campaign...sheep to the market.


gumo said...

Great header photo of your boys!

Ruth's Life is Good said...

Larry does as you do and backs up our computer on the first of every month. Good luck with the steps. I also track my steps and I try really hard to get my goal each day. I find I enjoy getting to my goal.

Kathy Tycho said...

Any walking is good for us and we're too old to be following rules. Enjoy your walks!

Carol and Bill said...

gumo - thank you. The youngest one is now 50.
Ruth - I try to remember to back it up, at least that way I won't lose so much if it goes. You get in so many steps a day. Don't think I'd ever be able to do that many.
Kathy - I like your thoughts