One Million Steps

One Million Steps

Last week a big surpriseparty made me aware of my 39th birthday. I can perfectly live with approaching forty but I wish I could step into my next decade with a a slightly better health and slightly less weight. That means I need to exercise but how, what and when? I’ve played basketball since I was twelve and I still love the game but unfortunately my knees don’t. The risk of a serious injury that can endanger making a living is just too high. I’ve tried to work out in the gym (and I haven’t completely given up on that). The good thing about that is that you work out in a controlled way which lets you avoid serious injuries. The only problem is: it’s booooooooooring. But I think I might have found a way to exercise that fits my lifestyle: walking … a lot.

Walking is good for both the body and the mind, it’s pretty safe and you can do it anytime and anywhere. That makes it a good match for my rather irregular lifestyle. I got myself a Garmin Vivofit, which is basically a kind of watch with a build-in sensor that tracks and stores how many steps I make every day. Yep, it’s a gadget but after a week, I find it strangely motivating to see the amount of steps I need to make to reach my daily goal (I’ve set it at 10.000 steps).

I’ve only been doing it for less than a week, but I really enjoy all the walking although it isn’t always easy to reach my goal. The good thing is that I can combine it with a bit of random photography. It may not be as productive as jogging or working out at the gym but at least I can look around and take a picture whenever I see something that I find interesting.

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It’s also a good way to combine improving my health with exploring new (to me) photographic techniques like long exposure photography.

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I tell myself every week to go out and shoot on the streets for a couple of hours. But usually there’s always some reason to postpone it. With my daily step goal, I have an extra motivation/excuse to do a bit of street photography. Last week, I had lunch with my friend Wilhelm Westergren and afterwards we went for a stroll, a chat and some photography.

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I always love testing new equipment to review for the blog, for magazines or just for the geeky fun of holding some new toy in your hands. For example, I’ve been playing around with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic lately and it’s a ton of fun (I’ll write a review after some more packs of Instax film). Photo below, by Wil. 

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The weather has been a bit challenging lately and I’ve had some busy days too. At first I was a bit reluctant to go out for a walk late at night when I didn’t have enough exercise during the day. But after only a few days, I look forward to a nice walk.

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In fact, I enjoy the combination of walking a photography so much that I’ve decided to document my first million steps.

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I won’t take a camera with me every time and sometimes I will not have anything to shoot. I also don’t want to limit myself to certain techniques, looks, limitations, whatever. I just want to experiment while I enjoy a bit of exercise.

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I don’t have any idea yet on how I’m going to present the pictures. It can be just here on the blog, as a KAGE story, a slideshow or maybe even a small book. For (almost) daily updates, check out my Instagram page.

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So far I’ve done 79,244 steps, so I have 921,766 steps to go before I reach the one million mark. Which me luck!