Not Enough Steps in a Small House?


A while back, I had some health issues, and it became clear to me that I had to be a bit more committed to getting exercise. I bought a fitness tracker and soon discovered that I can’t put enough steps on it each day unless I go out.

I guess this is what happens when you live in a very small house. Everything is close together and conveniently accessed, so you never need to take very many steps to get where you’re going.

Given that I work at home, I often don’t go out for days. I’m a happy hermit, so that’s never been a problem. I also like to work in the yard, but it’s a small yard, so again, I don’t take very many steps.

Since getting the fitness tracker, whenever I go to the grocery store or on other errands, I’m amazed at how many steps I take. But at home, the number of steps rises much more slowly. If I were to go to the store every day, I’d rack up more steps, but I’d probably spend too much money and buy too much stuff for my house. These would not be good things.

However, I think I’ve found a solution to my dilemma. On nice days, I go for a walk. And on wet, chilly, icy days, I do laps in my basement while listening to YouTube. Also, if someone calls who I normally chat with for a while, I do laps while we talk. This allows me to get the necessary number of steps per day.

So far, this is working just fine.


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