Paul Castronovo Musings: 20,000 Steps To Fitness

I apologize to anyone who listened to me this week when I suggested that, after reading a story about Jennifer Aniston, actually she was interviewed by Sandra Bullock (I call her Sandy), and in the interview, she revealed that she does 20,000 steps a day. Well, that explains why she looks so fantastic, so I had the Brainiac idea to actually attempt this myself. Hey, if Jennifer Aniston can do it, why can’t I (For one thing, she weighs 200 lbs. less than I do)?

So I brought it up to my team, and Heather, who has never turned down a challenge was all in. So, I started walking during the show, got a six minute song? Take a lap. Got a few commercials? Take a lap. By the end of the show, I had about 4000 steps in. Not bad, only 16,000 steps to go. That’s all well and good, if you walk for a living, but I don’t! I sit on my ass and crack jokes. After the show, I took 2 laps around the parking lot, went to the park and did 2 laps there. Grabbed lunch, and still had about 13,000 steps to get in, but since I wake up at 4am, I needed to grab a nap.

By the time I woke up, it was 4:30 and at an average of 20 minutes a mile, and I needed to get to 10 miles, how was I going to accomplish this? I went back to the park, where it was a steamy 82 degrees. Did 3 laps and was sweating like Harvey Weinstein facing his accusers…there was no way I was going to make it…so I hit the gym . Banged out an hour more on the treadmill, my feet were killing me, my back hurt and I was toast, with still 600 steps left to go. I went home, do I walk in and eat dinner or finish my steps?

I called my wife and said, “Unless you walk with me, there is no way I am going to finish my 20,000 steps”.

She was a saint and while we walked the remaining 600 steps, she said, “Perhaps, you may want to work your way up to 20,000 steps”. She was right. The next day I did 13,000, and this weekend, I am going fishing.

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