Because I am not a normal person, and simply cannot sit down and calmly watch a Yankees playoff game, I ended up collecting a crazy number of steps over the last three days as I watched games 3, 4, and 5 of the American League Championship Series.
And when I say “watched”, I’m definitely stretching the definition of the word.
Monday is an off day from running, and I usually get in about 15,000 steps. Tuesday and Wednesday, I’m generally good for 21,000 steps.
Here are my totals from this week:
As you can see from the numbers, which never lie, I collected an extra 5,000 steps per day, or 15,000 total. That’s 7.5 miles.
All those extra steps were accumulated over the course of the games.
You see, Modern Philosophers, I get so nervous watching the Yankees in the playoffs that I constantly have to be in motion.
I can’t even watch the Astros bat. That’s far too stressful.
On Monday, which was the coldest of the three nights, I took to climbing the stairs in The House on the Hill between innings. Then, once the action started, I’d pace around the first floor. That way, I’d only get an occasional glimpse of the action, but be able to hear if anything important happened.
I really worked those stairs, and it felt good on my legs.
It was much nicer on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I decided to anxiously pace the neighborhood while Houston was at the plate.
I was out there in my Yankees jersey and hat, saying silent prayers and thinking good thoughts as I upped my step count.
I had my phone with me, so I could check on the progress of the game and get back to my living room in time to watch the Yankees take their swings. As a result, I never missed the Bronx Bombers getting their hacks.
Of course, the stakes were so high, that I often couldn’t just sit down and relax when the Yankees were up. I would usually just pace around the living room during those half innings so I could see every pitch.
Clearly, this Yankees Playoffs Fitness Plan worked because not only did the Yanks win all three games to close within one win of the World Series, but I also lost 2 lbs over the last three days.
It’s not too late for you to get in on this fitness regimen. Game 6 of the American League Championships Series is tomorrow night. If necessary, Game 7 is on Saturday.
And if the Yankees do finish off the Astros, then it’s on to the World Series and at least four more games to collect a massive amount of steps.
The plan is simple. Walk like a crazy person while the other team is batting. Take a break to watch the Yankees hit. Then repeat.
Do this over nine innings, and you should collect at least 5,000 steps.
The brilliant thing is you don’t need to be a Yankees fan, or even like baseball for that matter. All that’s required is a TV, some comfortable shoes, and a desire to walk like an obsessed lunatic for three hours.
You can do it. I have complete faith in you.
Give it a shot, and watch the pounds sweat away. Let me know how it works for you.