Typically, I sit in the Method office from around 8:30am to 6:00pm. I get up to go to the bathroom, to get coffee, and to harass my co-workers when I am feeling lonely.

I’m always happy to see Lynda!

But, since our Operations Manager extraordinaire, Saudia, started a company-wide steps competition on May 1st, this has all changed.

The average number of steps one should take a day is around 7000 to 8000. The average number of steps I achieved was roughly …far less than that.

So, when it was first announced Methoders were participating in a steps competition to get fit for the summer, I immediately left the email unread for another two weeks.

But there was a buzz around the office. People were already tracking their steps. Conversations were focused around how much walking was done the previous day. People were excited about exercising.

And so I downloaded a pedometer app to my phone and signed up on the last day. On May 1st, we started our little competition, and I’ve been sore ever since.

I don’t know what’s gotten into me. I don’t really like walking. Sure, I go to the gym and put some treadmill time in, but walking is a whole different beast. You can spend hours of your time walking and going nowhere, but that’s what I do now.

Every morning and evening I spend forty minutes walking to work. I spend my lunch hour walking. And when I go home, I ask my wife to go on walks with me.


If anything, she’s happy with the all the walks we go on…

Am I driven to win this competition? Heck, no! There’s no way! The top competitors nearly double my daily steps, and I take a break on the weekends so Alex no longer calls me “Mr. Hobbly”.

But I’m enjoying the walks. I feel I’m getting the exercise that has been sorely missing in my day. And if ever I’m in a situation of uncomfortable silence with a co-worker, we can talk about how many steps we’ve done. Ok, I kid, my co-workers are awesome. They think I’m a bit weird, I think, but hey, so does my family.

In the end, I hope to continue my daily walks well past May. It doesn’t really add that much time to my commute, and I can get healthy to boot!


When I walk, I get very serious. That’s my serious walking face…

Posted by Errol

Errol is the Product Education Specialist for Method. He writes articles and creates videos to help you understand Method. In his spare time, he chronicles his life as a father in a daily webcomic: http://myneighborerrol.com.