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twinieten
08-12-2011, 10:14 AM
Like, seriously?? Does everyone really hit that many steps in a day? Is this something to strive to hit daily, or is it just a good goal to just try to add a few more steps (sedentary people avg 1-3K I read), and increase the number of steps, overall?

I never counted my steps before. I'm quite amazed at how few I took yesterday, and I was up and walking around a lot... to the store, to pick up my kids from school, twice, to doctor appointment, and then out to dinner....I was wiped out by the end of the day and only had 3K steps!!

I haven't worked with my Body Bugg, yet. I wonder how many steps I'll take at work. I'm on my feet and walking around a lot. How do people with desk jobs keep those steps up?


berryblondeboys
08-12-2011, 10:17 AM
I think it's pretty hard for an average person to take that many steps in a day, to be honest. When we were on vacation and walking around Boston for hours, I put on 13000 steps (thereabouts). yesterday while at the zoo, I put on 13000 steps for the day, but how many people actually stand on their feet and walk around for 4 hours straight? (that was about 10000 of the steps - other steps were around the house and grocery store).

m3rma1d
08-12-2011, 10:20 AM
10,000 steps is about 5 miles.
I do 5 miles in about an hour & 15 mins, almost every day..
It's not that hard. It did take a while for my to build up to that, about 2 months.


angelam
08-12-2011, 10:22 AM
I have a fitbit and it tracks my steps and I work to get my 10000 in each day-- it helps that I'll do the treadmill or elliptical for 35 minutes each day, but I also walk to and from school/work. There are days that I'm 2000 steps or so short, so then I'll sometimes go to a big 24 hr Wal Mart and walk the aisles or go for a walk outside. It's possible, I think, but not as easy as Dr. Oz made me think- I was like oh, yeah 10000 steps, no prob!, but now I realize it takes an effort throughout the day.

berryblondeboys
08-12-2011, 10:23 AM
10,000 steps is about 5 miles.
I do 5 miles in about an hour & 15 mins, almost every day..
It's not that hard. It did take a while for my to build up to that, about 2 months.

Yes, but that is because you are walking just to walk. And to walk as fast as you do, takes endurance (I can walk that fast too, btw, but it's a FAST pace).

For someone not actually walking for exercise, just wearing a pedometer or bodybugg to see how many steps they take in a day, they will be hard pressed to get to 10000 steps without purposefully walking for exercise.

twinieten
08-12-2011, 11:07 AM
Right.... I didn't exercise yesterday so I don't know how many steps I will take, but I know I can't do 5 miles, much less five in an hour (impressive!). 10K is a high goal, so I wonder how close people actually get to it on a daily basis, especially without exercise. I don't think I will be walking on my treadmill every day.

Lucky72
08-12-2011, 11:22 AM
I bought a pedometer with the goal of walking 10,000 steps a day and I had to purposefully carve out time to walk to get there. If I had just gone through my normal day without any added walking (office job) I think I made only 1500 steps. Abysmal. To get to 10,000 I had to have a walk at lunch, park my car really far away, and at the end of the really far away parking lot, not use the elevator (I'm on the 5th floor), etc. It was good because it made conscious of how little I was actually walking before.

Like berryblondeboys I had no problem reaching 10,000 (or even 28,000 - my record) steps in a day when I was on vacation. I didn't have access to a car and there were lots of interesting things to see. Sometimes the 10,000 a day in regular life is a bit of challenge.

Chantelle
08-12-2011, 12:39 PM
I have a desk job and work 4 10-hr days, so I wasn't even coming CLOSE.. most days I couldn't even break 3k, let alone 10k. You mentioned your BodyBugg...love and hate that little thing lol, it was such an eye-opener for me. Getting a BB was the final push I needed to join the gym - now I jog an hour a night (working my way down from a 17 minute mile still though :() and that's the ONLY thing that even puts me close to or beyond 10k - and that's just barely!

Honestly it doesn't seem like a plausible goal for a regular person on a daily basis.

Lucky72 - 28,000? Holy cow! My feet tingled just reading that! *lol*:)

April Snow
08-12-2011, 01:06 PM
in my experience, you definitely have to walk for the sake of walking to get anywhere close to 10K - even with a fairly busy life, you aren't going to hit that with incidental walking around running errands, etc.

I do steps on my Wii while watching TV. It's only a small step up and down, so it's not really the same as doing step aerobics, but I do count it in terms of trying to hit 10K daily steps. I was there at one point a couple of years ago when I was working out more consistently and for a longer time period, still working my way back up this time. But that works for me because it's too hot to try to walk outside during the day and I'm a single mom of a young kid so I can't go outside for an early morning walk, which would be my first choice.

QuilterInVA
08-12-2011, 01:09 PM
That's only 4 miles and can be accomplished with a good walk and daily activities. The goal is to do it every day.

Magrat
08-12-2011, 01:15 PM
I think it's pretty hard for an average person to take that many steps in a day, to be honest. When we were on vacation and walking around Boston for hours, I put on 13000 steps (thereabouts). yesterday while at the zoo, I put on 13000 steps for the day, but how many people actually stand on their feet and walk around for 4 hours straight? (that was about 10000 of the steps - other steps were around the house and grocery store).


I'm on my feet and walking for eight hours a day.The walking is built into my job. I usually rack up between 22000 and 30000 steps a day.

twinieten
08-12-2011, 01:45 PM
I'm on my feet and walking for eight hours a day.The walking is built into my job. I usually rack up between 22000 and 30000 steps a day.WTG! I walk a lot for my job, so I'm looking forward to seeing where I end up on a work day!

kateleestar
08-12-2011, 03:07 PM
Lol, the only time I ever went over 10K without trying, was last years Black Friday, LOL. All that shopping, and I did like, 11500 or something... :lol:

With my BMF, I track daily. I work in an office and I have to make myslef get up and walk around. Every time I go to the restroom, I walk around the building, taking the long way. Every step counts!! lol.

RJ 1980
08-12-2011, 03:27 PM
I'm asking for a BodyBug for xmas. I'm a stay at home mom so I'm frightened to see how little steps I take a day, lol.

MonicaM
08-12-2011, 03:38 PM
I do not count my steps, but I guesstimate....I walk two miles every morning; because I take short steps, and there are 5,280 feet in a mile, I assume that my normal routine with the added two miles, is more than enough........now I wonder if I should get a pedometer to check it.

philana
08-12-2011, 03:42 PM
I hadn't ever heard about the 10k steps! This thread inspired me to order a pedometer. When I get back from my holiday I am gonna see what a normal day looks like, and then try and double it. I have a deskjob, so I need some way to motivate myself to walk around more, and if I see immediate results and have a goal to work towards, then that's really gonna help!

berryblondeboys
08-12-2011, 03:58 PM
I can be on my feet all stinking day, but standing in the kitchen and or a room, cleaning doesn't rack up steps, but it still wears you out and burns calories. I don't think my pedometer picks up all steps either. I was at the store the other day and it said I only did 450 steps while in the store - I was in there for an hour and walked down almost every aisle, but it was slow, so it might not have been enough movement for the pedometer to pick up.

I only use my pedometer when I can't fit in a formal workout - like on vacation or yesterday at the zoo. I can at least check how much I'm walking.

twinieten
08-12-2011, 06:10 PM
Lol, the only time I ever went over 10K without trying, was last years Black Friday, LOL. All that shopping, and I did like, 11500 or something... :lol:You probably went over the budget too! LOL!

I started tracking from the moment I got up this morning, and when I went to run my errands, I parked a little further than I might have normally. Anyways, I have already taken 4,933 steps, and it's just past noon! Maybe getting a little big closer to the 10K mark will be a little bit easier than I thought it would!

@RJ, I put on quite a few steps this morning going back and forth to the washing machine, so I'm sure you could manage, even as a SAHM. You might have to give up your soaps and bon-bons, though. ;) Seriously, you might have to work harder than someone who's on their feet all day, but I bet you're not that far off. I used to be a SAHM so I know how much you actually get to sit.

@berryblonde, have you thought about hopping up and down or jogging in place? LOL!

Lucky72
08-12-2011, 07:52 PM
Lucky72 - 28,000? Holy cow! My feet tingled just reading that! *lol*:)

My feet were tingling for sure - also kind of blistery. I was in San Diego and I had spent 5 hours at the zoo and then walked forever trying to find a place to eat. By the time I realized I had near crippled myself from walking, I still had to make it back to the hotel. I definitely should have worn better shoes!

mzKiki
08-12-2011, 09:08 PM
I'm asking for a BodyBug for xmas. I'm a stay at home mom so I'm frightened to see how little steps I take a day, lol.

LOL So am I (While it lasts anyway) and today according to the body bugg I did 2701. And Today I didn't do any exercise or run any errands those numbers are just from being in the house with 2 kids. So overall not bad. However, on the days when I have used the treadmill and elliptical I have gotten to almost 13,000 in one day.

ERHR
08-12-2011, 09:19 PM
I wore a pedometer for two weeks a year or so ago. I consistently got 8-10k steps/day and I took it off during exercise. My parking lot was really far from my building at work.

envelope
08-12-2011, 09:42 PM
I have no problem getting 10,000 steps the days that I jog. On my rest days, I can get as little as 3500. On Monday I had to walk a 5K (3.1 miles) to make it to 10,000 steps. When the school year starts, I will get a lot more steps through out the day.