Workplaces in Northland are being encouraged to 'Walk the length of New Zealand' in 10,000 steps a day. Walking the length of New Zealand has been a long time dream of mine, so I was quite excited when I first heard about it. Unfortunately, the idea isn't to take a few months off work and follow Te Araroa , the long path, from Cape Reinga to Bluff. But still, just keeping track of the number of steps and pretending that you've walked from one town to another seems like good training for the real thing, so I'm quite keen.
The catch is you need a pedometer and the official ones cost $40! which I don't have spare. I'm bidding on a $3 version on Trade Me but lucky Ashleigh was given one. So today she set off on her journey without the rest of the Narnia staff. Though because it's a virtual jaunt we all get to watch her from the sidelines. She kept us entertained with experimenting how to maximise recorded steps. Turns out that dancing round the kitchen, particularly her favourite Flashdance routines, is a great way to accumulate steps (and gets her much further along the virtual road than dancing on the street would). Remember Flashdance the 1983 movie? Welder/exotic dancer wants to go to ballet school? Lots of sexy dancing in water spray and grungy clothes? That's Ash in the kitchen at Narnia!