So yes, they gave us pedometers, for team spirit. So we can write down every day how many steps we've taken. I foolishly asked my good friend google what counts as average, - it's 5000 steps, if you're a woman, and 7000 steps if you're a man. The difference between sexes is kind of odd - considering most women are slightly shorter than most men, so you would think they would need to take more steps to cover the same ground. I have two theories for why this might be - A - Multitasking - women get more done at a time, so can iron while practising harmonica and still manage to nag their husbands (might as well go the whole hog on the stereotyping) and typing too of course. so they don't need to retrace their steps as often. B - The method of measurement. The pedometer is attached to me all day - and there is an honour system whereby the people running the event trust the partakers to enter the correct number. Now there is a possibility that sometimes men might feel compelled to fib just a tiny bit to make their number look bigger. I'm not saying they're more competitive than women, but they're more competitive than women.
Anyway - turns out - I'm a smidge below average most days - 1000 or so below if I'm feeling womanly, and a whopping 3 K less on my manly days. And well short of the 10 thousand steps a day that we're actually really supposed to be taking in order to stay healthy.... I was telling my colleague about it the other day "I think my pedometer is broken" I said, "It never seems to go up, I was sitting there last night waiting for it to go up..." how they laughed.... So I'm lazy - it's been officially diagnosed.