Garry Scott: The difficulty with canines (and step counters) – NewsEverything Scotland

THERE I’m, marching by way of Glasgow’s Pollok Park within the rain, one eye on the canine, the opposite on my step counter, once I discover the hound has dropped behind. That is fairly annoying as a result of like most middle-aged males I’ve turn out to be mildly obsessive about hitting 10,000 steps a day.

I am unsure if it is a lockdown factor, or extra seemingly my advancing years however I verify my cellphone for the overall step rely on all kinds of every day chores.

A stroll to Morrisons? That is 2,985 – a bit extra if I enterprise to the frozen meals on the far finish of the store.

A visit to place the bins out? That’ll be an almost 180, although because the bins are solely collected as soon as in a blue moon now, it would not actually add as much as a lot over the course of a 12 months.

Woe betide me if I’m going upstairs to the bathroom and neglect my cellphone – thereby dropping 47 valuable steps. By no means thoughts the nice philosophical query of a tree falling within the forest, if I do 47 steps and the step counter would not register them, did I actually stroll up the steps in any respect?

And simply so as to add one other layer of doubt to the entire process, it seems the 10,000 step goal has no scientific foundation and was invented by the advertising division of a Japanese clock firm 50 years in the past. Nonetheless, it is a goal. One thing to intention for.

The canine is not excited about my every day steps, although. The rationale she has dropped behind is that she has developed a limp. No extra operating round like a dafty with no care on this planet for her at the moment. I stroll again in direction of her, at the least gaining just a few extra steps, and we return residence the place she offers me Unhappy Sam eyes all day and holds up her paw each time anybody comes close to her. It is a pitiful, though I believe that is the look she is aiming to realize.

I’ve had canines earlier than, and all of the waggy-tailed, rumble-tumble, big-eyed pleasure they convey however there all the time comes a time when age catches up with them, because it does with us all. The distinction is we all know we’re getting older. We all know that life solely ends a technique and, sadly, we’re not often granted a peaceable exit from this world.

I suppose that is what the counting of steps is all about for us. A useless try to carry again these years and to remain match and wholesome, maybe so we will match right into a slim-sized coffin. Maybe so people can stand round at our funerals and say: “He is lifeless now, after all, however he all the time did his 10,000 steps, do not .”

I come downstairs the subsequent morning and the canine is, fortunately, again to her regular self so we head out to the park. I rely my steps and fear about work whereas she runs about like a dafty, as if she hasn’t a care on this planet. And I suppose she would not. There’s life on this previous canine but.

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