I heard about the Idita-Walk challenge on Friday and couldn’t resist unofficially joining in. I had intended to post about this yesterday, but I got caught up with the province’s new Family Day holiday and spent time walking and getting things around the house done instead (bad me!). According to the website “the Idita-Walk is an event to promote physical fitness in the spirit of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.” I love dog sledding and walking, so this seems like the perfect challenge for me.
If you want to join in you have between the dates of February 1 and March 31 to walk for a total of 1049 minutes. If you were to start today you would need to walk a minimum of 22 minutes each day to finish on the last day, so the goal is certainly within reach. In the winter we all tend to get a bit sedentary, so a possible goal to start out could be to extend the morning and evening bathroom walks to at least 15 minutes each.
I’ve added a fitness tracker to the sidebar, because without something like that I’d probably forget my total minute count. It’s also a great motivator to keep up a steady pace.
I use the Endomondo phone app to track my time. It’s technically designed to be used with data to track distance in addition to time, but if you’re like me and don’t have data you can still use it. Just a warning about that though, if you connect your account to facebook it will post that you walked 0 kilometers during the tracked time (which is kind of hilarious anyway).
I think one my biggest challenges will be keeping up a steady pace during the week when there’s less free time. Hopefully the thought of not being able to give the fitness tracker a big update will be more than enough motivation.