“Staying busy in early retirement?” people ask me all the time. Yes, I guess I can say that I’ve found literally MILLIONS of things to do, since I chalked up a healthy 4,548,220 steps in 2017.
How do I know? Well, about 6 months before I quit working in 2016, I started tracking my daily activity. I’ve kept track of it every day since – over two years – using the simple Health app in my iPhone, which is always in my pocket.
My iPhone is in my pocket when I am walking around the house, going shopping, on the treadmill, going for a walk around the lake, playing tennis, running the bases in my softball league, getting in a round of golf (walking, not riding), looking for my errant disc golf throw, or shuffling down the curling rink ice.
It’s hard to imagine a million of anything, but my 2017 total topped my annual goal by 148K steps (and my 2016 total by 506K steps). My goal for the New Year 2018 will be 4,380,000 steps – which equals 12,000 steps per day.
I also keep track of how many calories I consume each day and try to keep under 2,500 (the RDA for a man). I totaled 836,506 for the year or 2,338 per day and dropped 25 pounds since I retired. I surveyed Early Retirees last year and found that like me, a great majority reported being in much better shape than they were when they were working.