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?