So, now my very long walk is over and I can start to look back and assess what took place. Right now I’m vacationing in Barcelona with Shelly, Sarah and Ron, so not much time to write, but I want to record a few things before my memory gets hazy.
It’s my belief that most of the changes and effects of my walk are internal, but there are some things which can be measured. I recorded weekly statistics on this blog, which was at least interesting to me. When they are combined together the results are a little startling….even to me:
Floors of stairs climbed (estimated 10’/floor)
These totals were accumulated during 68 days of walking from Le Puy en Velay to St. Jean Pied de Port and then Santiago. They don’t count the walk from Finnester to Muxia, and don’t count my 2 days off.
So, I averaged more than 35,000 steps a day, 18.3 miles a day, and 131 floors (1310 feet) of climbing a day. These were all recorded on my Fitbit. The miles are probably a little high but I think the rest of the readings are pretty accurate.
I’m posting this not so much to show off how wonderful I am (well maybe a little) but to demonstrate what an ordinary guy in his late 60s is capable of. I met guys older than me who were walking this much and more, so I am not by any means unique.
Almost everyone I know owns a smartphone which they carry around with them. I am asking that all of you who read this take a look at your step and distance totals every day for awhile, and think about the amount of walking that YOU are capable of….and what it might mean to your life and well-being to do a little more. It’s not necessary to walk 18 miles (27 km) or 35000 steps a day, but if it were possible to work yourself up to 4500 steps or 4 miles (6 km) a day your life could change for the better in ways you can only imagine.
It’s my intention to devote future posts and the book I am working on to show a path that’s possible for almost everyone reading this to achieve this level of walking and even more. I already know several people (old guys and women of no particular age) who have increased their walking and started to see improvements in fitness, attitude and hopefully health. It doesn’t matter so much what level you are at now, as long as you can still walk and your doctor says it’s okay, and (this is most important) you are willing to keep trying every day…I believe you will be amazed at what you can do.