Reflective Essay On Exercise

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My goal for the semester project is to take at least 10,000 steps per day to help boost my exercising and also to record everything I eat and drink after each meal. I chose 10,000 steps because that is about five miles, which is equivalent to 30 minutes of exercise. So, if I was to achieve this goal then I would be doing the recommended moderate exercising of 150 minutes per week. Which, I thought was an ideal goal for me to start with to help motivate me to incorporate some exercise on a daily basis. I also wanted to keep track of everything I consumed because it will help me know what kinds of foods I am eating on a daily. Whether if it is healthy or unhealthy foods, I wanted it to be conscious. I also recorded how much water/other drinks …show more content…
I used journaling to keep track of my daily steps that I take and the foods and drinks that I consumed into my body. I also used journaling to keep track of my thoughts that I have for that day when I am writing down my data. For instance, I would reflect back on the foods that I ate and see if it was healthy or not. I would also reflect back on the steps that I accomplished at the end of the day and write motivational notes for the next day if I did not achieve 10,000 steps (Lindquist, Snyder, Tracy, 2014). I felt like journaling definitely helped me with the way I think about my results at the end of the day and make me want to improve the next day by walking more and eating …show more content…
I found out that the energy cost of walking results from the body’s muscle center of mass (McCormick). For instance, wearing a backpack or caring heavy weighted things can change the muscle mass and influence the energy of walking. This is significant because I carry a backpack all the time at school and sometimes when it is super heavy, I get tired really quickly. So, the weight of my backpack does impact and decrease the energy of walking. In addition, the alignment of the body can affect the way the body stands. For instance, having a good posture while walking can make your body look stronger. This is significant because having a good alignment can help reduce stiffness and body pains (Farrell). So, having a good posture while walking will help reduce the risks of body pains and help boost the strength of the

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