It’s a fact. Sitting at a desk shortens your life span. For decades, I’ve heard of people using standing desks. More recently, I discovered “walking desks” — a marriage of treadmill and workstation. So in 2011, I built my own treadmill desk: Building a Treadmill Desk. My goal was to walk 3,000 miles, the equivalent of walking from Placerville, California to Cape Cod, MA. On 13 November 2015, I reached my goal!
Now I have a new goal. I want to walk from one end of the planet to the other. I’m starting at Wainwright, Alaska with my goal to reach Puerto Williams, Chile. A distance of roughly 10,854 miles. Granted, some of those miles are “as the crow flies” — there are few main roads in the middle of Alaska — so I will find trails! And since I’m starting at the top of the Northern Hemisphere, it will all be downhill!
It took me 4 years to walk 3,000 miles (or just under an average of 2 miles / day), so 11,000 miles should take around 15 years. If I can increase my daily average to 3 miles / day, my goal can be achieved in 10 years, before my 70th birthday. Since I don’t use the treadmill on weekends, or while traveling, or on holidays, or on high intensity workout days, that means around 5 miles / day when I’m actually using the treadmill. Let’s hope I stay healthy!
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