Urban ranger is an inspirational metaphor to get you walking. Warning: there is poetry involved. Discuss it here.
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I walk my dogs daily, about 2-3 miles, 6-7 days a week. For 2013, I have decided to walk 5 miles a day, 7 days a week for the entire year. I have heard 10,000 steps a day is what we need. 5 miles is about 10,000 steps. I live near Buffalo, NY and it can get pretty nasty here in the winter. So while I prefer walking outside, I have had to compromise. I had a desktop built onto my treadmill so that whenever I am on the computer, I am walking (like right now). So, 2 miles out with the dogs, 3 on the computer! Come April, I will be out for all 5.
I hear you about the kids. Yesterday it was really warm hear for the time of year. At 10 am it was in the upper 50s. I went for a 5 mile walk with my 8 year old and my 6 year old sons. Moral was high in the beginning and kind of lagging the last mile or so. At that point its time to give rides on my shoulders which only makes it better exercise wise for me and they aren't that heavy yet. My favorite thing when people find out your are walking on purpose is they can become defensive and start making excuses why they drove 2 blocks to the store ect.