We’ve all heard that we should aspire to take 10,000 steps per day in the name of our health. But let’s face it—when we encounter the all-too-familiar pile of psets, discussion papers, and textbook readings, our personal health crawls lower and lower down our list of priorities. Try this routine out for a day, and you’ll be fit in no time.
Have breakfast at Zinneken's: ~851 steps
What better way to celebrate your newfound health than a decadent plate of Belgian waffles smothered in syrup and dusted with powdered sugar? Never mind the calories, because the steps you took to get to the place totally cancel out the caloric intake.
Take your homework to Cabot: ~887 steps
Psetting doesn’t have to be a sedentary affair—head over to Cabot library in the Science Center to stretch your legs (and your brain) and watch the step count tick up.
Get Felipe’s for lunch: ~633 steps
That pset really got your appetite going, and you have been walking a lot today. You’ve probably entered a calorie deficit at this point. You deserve a nice, warm burrito. And maybe even a sopapilla.
Go back to Cabot: ~633 steps
A Pset calls.
Head to the Mac: ~747 steps
By now, you’re feeling like a true healthy person. Heck, you could probably even down an entire bottle of green juice. A workout at the Mac will be a nice break from your pset and a considerable contribution to your steadily improving health...
Hang a left on Bow St. and go to Insomnia Cookies instead: ~47 steps
...but you did take a lot of steps today, so do you really even need to work out? Insomnia is so close by, and you’ve been craving a snickerdoodle all day. Indulge, my friend, indulge. You’ll walk it all off by the end of the day.
Walk around the Yard: ~626 steps
While you get your steps in, count the number of tourists that touch the John Harvard statue and debate whether or not to warn them of the major health risks associated with the infamous practice.
Grab dinner at Pinocchio’s: ~561 steps
During your walk, you spotted some tourists in the yard with a Pinocchio’s Pizza box. Pinocchio’s is a godsend to Harvard Square, and you deserve a heaping slice (or two).
Late-night run (to J.P. Licks): ~462 steps
Lace up those tennis shoes and go for a light jog down Mass. Ave. to J.P. Licks. Logic says that since you ran there, you can have all the ice cream you want without worrying about compromising your health.
Total Step Count: ~5,447 steps
You know, getting 10,000 steps in a day isn’t all that important. The most significant factor of health is happiness. And what could make you happier (and thus, healthier) than a waffle cone at midnight?