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My New Pedometer

In an effort to actually know how far I was running/walking, I bought myself a pedometer. I also partially bought it because I heard of this book (and effort):


Ok honestly, I’m not going to buy the book. My reasoning is that I can pretty much guess what it’s going to say. Here are my guesses:

  • Park farther away from the door (or at the back of the parking lot)
  • If you sit on the 4th floor (like I do), take the stairs and use the bathroom on the 1st floor
  • Walk the long way to get somewhere you’re headed (such as: my cube)
  • Walk.

Apparently, 10,000 steps is approximately 5 miles for the average person. Additionally, the average person (us sedentary folks) walks only about 1k-3k steps per day.

I figure last week was my control week. I was covered in poison ivy so I didn’t run or exercise in hopes of not making it worse (it worked). Also, I didn’t have class at all, so it was me at my most sedentary.

Here are the results for the past week:

  • Tuesday, 3450 steps, 1.41 miles, 87 kcal
  • Wednesday, 3619 steps, 1.48 miles, 95 kcal
  • Thursday, 5226 steps, 2.14 miles, 103 kcal
  • Friday, 100 steps, .04 miles (all soon after midnight, I didn’t wear it on our drive to the Cape… left it at home… but I stayed out very late on Thursday night and the pedometer resets at midnight)
  • Saturday, 0 (left it at home while we played on Cape)
  • Sunday, 15965 steps, 6.55 miles, 406 kcal (only my workout of 128 minutes [pedometer timed it], I didn’t wear it the rest of the day)
  • Monday (aka yesterday), 0 (I forgot my pedometer at home)

I’m a little bummed that I forgot it at home yesterday because I walked around Boston last night and I would have liked to have seen that number.

So it appears that when I’m sitting around, I reach that “average person” number of 3,000 steps. Hopefully this week, I can see that number grow. From what I understand, the book suggests slowly increasing your number by 500 steps per week. I guess that makes my goal for this week 4k steps per day. I’m pretty sure I can do it.

A few notes though, I never wear it when I’m at home. It’s not really comfortable to have it on my hip as I’m cuddling on the couch. Also, I don’t trust it entirely in my little house. I’ve noticed that sometimes it won’t count a bunch of steps if I turn around too quickly, and I tend to turn around when at home (from the couch to the kitchen to the couch again, it won’t count half my trip).

Speaking of not trusting it… I’ve noticed that if it’s on my right hip and I bounce my right leg while sitting, the pedometer counts that as steps. However if it’s on my right hip and I bounce my left leg, it doesn’t count it. I feel like it’s cheating to just move around and have that count as steps, but at the same time I wonder: should it count? It is constant movement after all (as it only counts it if there is at least 4 seconds of movement). 

What do you think about the leg bounce/step counting? Do you do anything now that increases the number of steps you take per day?

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