A Walk in the Park…

As an exercise physiologist, I was trained to “practice what I preached”, that is, one must be in excellent fitness before being able to tell a patient: “walk 10,000 steps a day and eat low caloric density foods”.

Six months after officially graduating from my old university (long story), I finally bought myself a top-of-the line pedometer and began tracking my activity levels. If anything, it appears that the life of an average graduate student is far from balanced.

Blown off my feet, I realized my lifestyle was a lot more sedentary than thought. I also realized that 10,000 steps a day is (almost) unrealistic for the average drive to work, desk-pushing North American.

Below, you will find my typical run route, which I try and do no less than three times a week (and yes, that is sill below the recommended CSEP guideline- no less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week).

I had also wrongfully calculated it to be approximately 16Km. Alas, I better increase my activity level so my old HKIN professors won’t be disappointed. Yes, I still carry you with me and this post is is dedicated to you. Sometimes, I even carry you like little angels (or devils) on my shoulder every time I take the escalator over the stairs (Pst, Cisco, Why didn’t you take the stairs?).

All aside, I recommend this route to anyone working/living in the Yaletown area of Vancouver, BC. It may not be Central Park but you can certainly get out and clear your mind at 1:00am (my typical running time). I will say however, with insecurity and all, I don’t accept liability if you get mugged or find a raccoon or skunk in the shadows.

Stay tuned for a review of MapMyRun from the Exercise Physiologist perspective.

Good night for now or I wont be at work in five hours.

March 16th, 2009 | Articles by me, English, Exercise Physiology 2.0

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