NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who walk for exercise should aim for a pace of 100 steps per minute to ensure their workout is intense enough, according to researchers.
That's annoying. My Fitbit broke so I can't count my steps. I also can't clock a minute - don't have a cell phone. (I'm a neo-Luddite.) But I read the article and it doesn't matter. I don't count. Like most of these researchers, they ignore their elders - usually anyone over 65. Like me. Hell, I'm over 85. I am sure I don't walk anywhere close to 100 steps a minute.
I do walk. I did my body a favour, as well as my pocketbook, when I gave up my car, before I was 80. I use public transit and all that that entails: walking , climbing stairs, finding my way. This is really difficult for someone like me, who has no sense of direction. The good news is that I walk a lot finding the way. I keep moving. But no counting. And no timing.
This is not about walking. This is about the researchers catching up with us old-timers. I've told you before, I feel like a duck in a shooting gallery, and they're picking off all the ducks around me. Hey, I'm still here. I have become a role model because there's no one else up here beside me, at least no one I know. But that's just me. I know they're out there. A year or so ago it was hard to find a birthday card for a 70a-year-old. Last week, I counted FOUR cards for a 90-year-old.
.My battery is tired. Catch you tomorrow....