While it is true that we spent a fair amount of time walking around the Wal-Mart this afternoon, we were not there to participate in any door-busting or price-cutting of goods.
Actually, we were there because it is a large enclosed indoor space.
My wife is participating in a count-your-steps fitness program that records her progress onto a little unit attached to her belt. The data is then transferred to the web, tabulated for posterity, and shared with the world. She quite enjoyed it this summer, logging many days in excess of the recommended 10,000.
But of course it’s cold now.
So we laid out a route in the local super store and clocked our progress around the perimeter. We found that you can cover the whole store in 1000 steps. Since we were interested in adding as many steps as we could, we made the next round in zig-zag fashion. We went up and down most of the aisles in automotive, electronics, grocery, and women’s clothes. The final tally was well over 5,000 steps. (That’s about 2 1/2 miles.)
In the future we may also try Menard’s, and Farm & Fleet, which have a similar footprint.
There is a downside. It cost me $20 for two pairs of gloves and a bra. A weekly walk of this kind could end up costing me hundreds… Which leads to the question : If I pay the money up front, do I still have to do the walking?
Current location : Rantoul, Il. Famous for Chanute Air Force Base (where I was born). Named for Octave Chanute, railroad engineer and aviation enthusiast.
Miles to go : 804