Yesterday marked the 170th day of 2022. And, on 168 of those, I have walked at least 1 km outside.
People could do it, conceivably for years, without any concentrated effort: think farmers or dog owners. So while I don’t consider my “streak” any grand achievement, it has been a subtle constant in my life since January 1st, with net positive impacts on my physical and mental wellbeing.
You may notice the math doesn’t align: two days I “failed” to complete a walk outside, corresponding to our travel days to/from the US. The day we arrived I could have left the comfort of my sister’s house to do a late-evening walk. But that’s exactly the rigid structure I’m trying to get away from. Releasing myself from the pressure of closing Apple rings has been disproportionately liberating. So I chatted with my family and ate pizza and decided the 1 km+ sprint through the airport (which I recorded as a workout) would more than suffice.
For our return trip I could have gotten up at 4:30 am and walked circles in the driveway. But I didn’t because, well, I like to sleep. After that point I literally wasn’t outside again until the following day as we spent almost 24 hours in an airport or on planes. But I didn’t sweat it. I recorded a few kilometers of walking in the airport. And the next day, when we were home, I walked 1 km outside.
Your turn. Is anyone else working on a loosely-held streak for a particular activity or habit?