We are having a little competition at work, where we form teams to walk across America. Not literally of course, although that would be a lot more fun! We are tracking our steps using a pedometer, and logging the results at startwalkingnow.org. This website is hosted by the American Heart Association. We all log our individual steps, and the website keeps track of those steps, plus calculates the team total.
The concept sounded interesting, plus I get a FREE pedometer! It’s kind of funny in a way. I’ve always wanted a pedometer, but could just never justify the purchase. I realize that pedometers don’t really cost that much, but I try to have a valid reason before making purchases. I could just never talk myself into needing one. But, I’ll go with free any day.
So, I now have my shiny new pedometer in hand (or on my belt actually.) I registered on the site so that I can track my steps. And I started walking. 60 steps back to my desk, hurray! Ok, walk to the water cooler for a glass of water. Now I’m up to 123! Wait, how many am I supposed to do in a day? 10,000. Wow. I have a long way to go.
I’m not sure who came up with the idea of walking 10,000 steps per day, but from what I read that equals about 5 miles. I guess someone decided that was a good distance in working toward a healthier lifestyle. Apparently the average sedentary person walks about 3000 steps per day. I’m guessing that’s about what mine is, but did they really have to use the term sedentary? Maybe “mobility adverse” or “one who likes sitting” would be better terms.
I’m looking forward to tracking some of my average daily routines to see how many steps I take and discovering how active (or sedentary) I really am. Perhaps I can shed that sedentary label. I’m also looking forward to how many steps I take walking around the Disney parks. I heard the average person walks 10 miles when visiting a theme park. That would be about 20,000 steps. I’m not sure I’ll get that many since we usually only go for half a day, and we’ve gotten a little more proficient at getting around the parks, but it will be interesting to see how many steps I end up with. Shoot, the walk in from the parking lot should be a good half mile anyway. I always walk in instead of riding the tram. Mainly so I don’t have to unpack and fold the stroller to get on, and then unfold and repack the stroller when I get off five minutes later. Also, it’s usually just as fast, if not faster, to walk.
I’ll update the blog from time to time with any data I find interesting during my pedometer use.
Want to make fun of me because I’m overly excited about a pedometer? Go ahead and do it in the comments section. Or, you could share your story of pedometer use and let me know how it worked out for you.
UPDATE: Check out the latest developments in my Pedometer Use.
Photo by David Paul Ohmer