Doing The Math.

So I was making a quick trip to the grocery store and passed a guy sitting at a bus stop. It’s a stop where I’ve, well, stopped, to catch the bus on my way to work, and I recognized the guy. We’ve never talked, but he’s frequently gotten on while I was getting off. Another time I’d be tempted to stop and offer him a ride. He uses a walker to get around and I’d be happy to shorten the distance he has to be on his feet, but I was only going a few blocks and right now maintaining social distance is difficult when someone’s in the passenger seat.

It got me thinking about how much I walk and with Google Earth I calculated that, most days of the week, I walk a little more than two miles. Or rather walked. My daily exercise dropped to almost nothing, not overnight, but at least overweekend. And as quarantine orders have been extended that’s become a concern for me. I’ve started a regimen of daily walking in the backyard. Well, “regimen” might be overstating it. I set out for about forty-five minutes in the morning and another three quarters of an hour in the afternoon, and then it occurred to me that I had no idea how far I was walking. So with the help of Google Earth again I figured that the distance from one end of the yard to the other is about fifty-two meters, or a little more than one-hundred and seventy feet, give or take a liter or two, and after some more math I figured out I’m walking just under two miles a day.

I really need to step it up. How are you getting in your exercise?

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  1. Ann Koplow

    I’m getting my exercise going up and down stairs and walking outside near the ocean, maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask. I appreciate the beautiful beach video scored with “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams, which I listened to so many years ago that I can’t do the math. Thanks for doing the math for all of us, my friend.
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’ve found “Classical Gas” to be great walking music which is why I included it here even though we won’t be making our annual trip to the beach this year. I’m glad you’re getting plenty of exercise.

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  2. Allison

    I feel like I am probably getting more exercise, because I get up and move around more during the day. Plus, I have more time to clean, and I am doing a lot more loading and unloading of the dishwasher. Plus, I am not eating fast food, so… I have to think I’m being a little healthier?

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I think this may be making us all a little healthier. I’m not getting up and walking around as much as I think I did at work, but I’m starting to get on a more regular exercise routine. Plus stress burns calories.

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  3. Arionis

    Going on a backpacking trip in my backyard.
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      A backyard backpacking trip sounds like a pretty good idea, especially if you have a fairly woody yard.

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  4. Tom

    I haven’t gotten my exercise in months, so the virus hasn’t changed me a bit. 😉

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I just hope you’re still getting in your weekly church services. Beer sales would plummet if you stopped.

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      1. Tom

        I’ve had to be creative about it. Next week we might we Zoom it. 🤷

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        1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

          That could be fun and could greatly expand the participation.

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