Daily Challenge Sunday May. 27, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Go for a short walk and say your ABCs aloud to gauge the intensity of the exercise.

How to do it

Take a short walk and say the alphabet out loud to yourself. If you can breeze through "a" to "z" easily, increase your walking pace slightly. If you can't get past the letter "g" without gasping for breath, slow yourself down. Continue reciting and slowing or speeding your pace accordingly for the rest of your walk.

Why it matters

Everyone moves at a different pace, so it can be hard to measure the intensity of the exercise. Saying the letters of the alphabet out loud is a simple way to get an immediate sense of how hard you are pushing your body. It's also something you can continue to do in the future, by keeping track of which letter you reach before running out of breath!

Fun fact

The language with the longest alphabet is Khmer (the official language of Cambodia), which contains 74 letters. With only 12 letters, Rotokas, the language of the Bougainville Province of Papua New Guinea, is the shortest.


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