30 Days of Walking With My Trusty Omron Pedometer

10,000 Step a Day Challenge with thesoftlanding.com

I enjoy exercising.  For me it’s both invigorating and relaxing, all at once.

Several months ago, I suddenly remembered that we just happen to live about 4 minutes away from the most amazing trails in the Kansas City area.  So my Mom and I started walking 3 or 4 times a week and really enjoyed it.

Then my friend Leah of Mamavation invited me to join the 10,000 Steps a Day Challenge with Omron’s help, and I decided to take her up on it.  So my Mom and I walked together each morning, and my sister, Laura, and I walked every evening.  What a faithful family I have! They made it totally doable for me.

At first I was worried that I would be sadly shy of 10,000 steps, but I was pleasantly surprised by my ability to walk much further than I thought I could.  It was so encouraging to be able to watch those steps stack up throughout the day with my shiny new pedometer.  And while I didn’t hit the ultimate goal of 10,000 steps every single day, I was very happy with my average of 8,260 steps (or about 4 miles) a day.

I Feel the Difference!

My business requires a whole lot of sitting at a computer, a very long list of to-do’s, and a high level of stress at times.  The walking relaxed me, relieved the headaches I get during deadline work, and lowered my stress-induced blood pressure spikes. I also noticed a big difference when my husband and I took the kids to Silver Dollar City and climbed those Ozark hills all day long, running from roller coaster to roller coaster.

My Experience with the Omron Fitness Tri-Axis USB Pedometer

That little pedometer has truly become my sidekick.  It goes everywhere with me and has held up under some serious use.  I found it to be very accurate and loved being able to click through the memory to compare each day’s step so easily.

It was also fun for my analytics-loving self to be able to plug the pedometer into my USB and instantly see my progress, averages and personal bests in my online Omron dashboard.

Alicia Voorhies Omron Fitness Dashboard

Mamavation’s Support Was Super Helpful

The Mamavation team and the other participants really made the difference for me when I was feeling down about my progress.  There were days when my dang heels their excruciatingly painful plantar fasciitis just wouldn’t let me walk 10,000 steps.  But my teammates were right there, encouraging me from the sidelines – not allowing me to feel that I had come up short.

30 Days of Walking with Omron and Mamavation by thesoftlanding.com

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post about the Omron TriAxis Pedometer through the Bookieboo Influencer Network and Mamavation, a disease prevention campaign for moms.

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Alicia Voorhies is a Registered Nurse who decided to take a break to relax and enjoy her young kids after 13 years of working with disabled adults. She began to explore the world of alternative health ideas and was immediately attracted to the mysteries of endocrine disruptors and their effect on children. In 2007 she founded The Soft Landing along with her mom and sisters to help parents provide a safe, natural home for their children without drowning in an overwhelming sea of information.

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  • Candy O

    What a great post!! So glad to have walked along with u to hit 10k!!

    • http://thesoftlanding.com/ The Soft Landing Sisters

      Thanks so much Candy! I truly enjoyed walking with you too :-)

  • ECOlunchboxes

    i’m going to steal back a pedometer i gave my son for a science project. i’m so curious now to know how many steps i’m walking each day!

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