Exercise! - Anyone want to get to 10,000 steps with me?




PaintedButterfly
02-05-2012, 10:41 AM
If there's another active thread like this please do let me know but I didn't see one so figured I'd start one- my first thread on here actually!

So I brought a pedometer and my aim is to get up to an average of 10,000 steps a day. This is recommended by the NHS to improve your cardiovascular health. For weight loss they recommend 12,000 to 15,000 steps a day but I'm figuring I'll worry about that once I've hit the 10,000 first!
Here's the article which is well worth a read I reckon :) http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/10000stepschallenge.aspx

I've seen lots of different ways of doing this but the way that I'm going to do it is:

Take a base line week. So just do your normal activities/walking etc and record it for a week. My pedometer records a weeks worth so that's handy.

Then take an average for that week and each week try to increase your average by 2000 steps till eventually you're at 10,000 steps a day.

Personally I want to do this by working it into my daily routine so being more active becomes a habit and normal rather than say pacing back and forth for 2000 extra steps a day! But however you want to do it is up to you!

This is my 4th day so I don't have my steps for today yet but so far:


Baseline week
Day 1: 5070
Day 2: 3558
Day 3: 2301

As you can see they vary quite a bit! Yesterday I did a lot of travelling hence why it's so much lower. Today I've done alot of walking (and also remembered to put it on while I was just wandering about in my PJS this morning which I've kept forgetting) so I imagine will be higher than day 1 even.


Snoofie
02-05-2012, 10:51 AM
I'm game! I usually walk a lot anyway, but I don't think there are many days when I actually hit 10,000 steps. I'd be willing to give it a try, though!

PhillyGirl2012
02-05-2012, 10:56 AM
This sounds like a fun way to get some walking in throughout my workday. I've been meaning to do this anyway and now that its getting warmer it certainly is more doable.

Does anyone know how many miles equals 10,000 steps?


PaintedButterfly
02-05-2012, 08:54 PM
Yay I'm glad people are joining :D The more the merrier and we can encourage each other.

Snoofie it depends on your stride length but according to this article and the University of Oklahoma http://www.livestrong.com/article/438170-the-average-walking-stride-length/ there's 2000 steps in a mile so 5 miles would be 10,000 steps. However don't forget all your day to day activities add up in this :) You don't have to go out and walk straight 5 miles a day.


So I walked 8250 steps today! I can't believe I did so many.. but I'm knackered too.. it's been such a busy day! I live on a farm atm and there's been a lot of stuff to do along with housework/cooking etc I've been on my feet all day.
A large part of the reason I wanted to start this soon is I'm moving house on the 14th and the family farm is closing :( and I really want to make sure I stay active and don't sink into just becoming a couch potato and a pedometer seemed like a good way to do it!

Baseline week
Day 1: 5070
Day 2: 3558
Day 3: 2301
Day 4: 8250

PaintedButterfly
02-07-2012, 05:32 AM
Well yesterday was a bad day- wasn't feeling very well and spent a lot of the day lying down in bed as a result.. so my step count was much lower than the day before!

How's everyone else getting on?

Baseline week
Day 1: 5070
Day 2: 3558
Day 3: 2301
Day 4: 8250
Day 5: 2931

PaintedButterfly
02-09-2012, 08:07 PM
Haha I'm aware I'm basically writing to myself but if anyone wants to join in please do! And you never know this might be useful to someone at a later date who wants to do this. I hope no one minds me just using this thread for this basically!
Another element I want to add to this is aerobic steps. My pedometer counts all steps I do aerobically (which are better for weightloss..). Once I've hit 10,000 I want to basically add on 2000 aerobic steps each week from there.. so at first it'll be 10,000 total steps with 2000 of them aerobic, then 12000 total steps with 4000 aerobic etc etc.. but for now I'm ignoring that.

So I got to the end of my baseline week:

Baseline week
Day 1: 5070
Day 2: 3558
Day 3: 2301
Day 4: 8250
Day 5: 2931
Day 6: 6007
Day 7: 6207

Total steps: 34324

Average steps per day: 4617

Target average for week 1: 6617

Week 1
Day 1: 8398 - 1781 steps above week target :D
Day 2: 6707 - 90 steps above target. 1781+90 = 1881 above week target
Day 3: 5663 - 1054 steps beneath target. 1881-1054 = 827 steps above week target
Day 4: 7347 - 730 steps above target. 827+730 = 1557 steps above week target
Day 5: 4506 - 2111 beneath target. 1557-2111 = 554 steps beneath week target
Day 6: 5915 - 702 steps beneath target. 554+702=1256 steps beneath week target
Day 7: 7441 - 824 steps above target. 1256-824= 432 steps beneath week target.

Total steps: 45887 steps

Average steps per day: 6555

Target for week 2: 8555

foe3643
02-14-2012, 11:02 AM
Wish I still had my pedometer I would join you!

PaintedButterfly
02-14-2012, 07:15 PM
Wish I still had my pedometer I would join you!

Ah you should get another one! I got mine from Amazon it was only 9 :). It would be so great to have someone else to do this with for the added motivation and encouragement!

I don't think I'm going to quite make my target this week but I'm finding it's really motivating. Instead of seeing things as a chore and a drag you end up seeing them as "step opportunities" :lol:

lm3898
02-16-2012, 10:18 AM
I'm in! My aim is 10k steps per day - I currently use a fitbit which I loooooooooove. Of course the website is down right now but recent for me is:

Mon: 14,482
Tues: 5,676
Wed: 13,874
Thurs [so far]: 3,291

I keep it on 24/7 except showers so the HIGH days are when I add runs or kickboxing.

PaintedButterfly
02-17-2012, 07:51 PM
I'm in! My aim is 10k steps per day - I currently use a fitbit which I loooooooooove. Of course the website is down right now but recent for me is:

Mon: 14,482
Tues: 5,676
Wed: 13,874
Thurs [so far]: 3,291

I keep it on 24/7 except showers so the HIGH days are when I add runs or kickboxing.

Yay! Ah it's awesome to have someone to do this with :hug:
What exactly is a ftibit? I see people speak about them a lot on here and I'm curious :)

Well I was just short of my goal for last week but was 1913 steps a day up on last week which I'm pleased with :D It's not as hard as I thought- hitting the target and finding the opportunities to get more steps in.. we'll see how adding in another 2000 steps in goes though!

It was an insane day yesterday (moved house) so I actually got over 10000 steps in for the first time! Woop Woop! :carrot:
Today however I've been really ill with a stomach bug... so I have barely been out of bed or off the sofa :(. I also forgot to wear the pedometer a lot of the day... so I've only done (according to it) 2000 steps.. I think I can probably add at least half again on because of the fact I forgot to wear it for most of the day (okay I'm ill so maybe being generous on me :lol:).. but wow I hope I get better soon and can make up those lost steps!

Baseline average: 4617

Week 1 average: 6555

Target average for week 2: 8555

Week 2
Day 1: 10456 - 1901 above target.
Day 2: 3500 - 5055 beneath target. 5055-1901= 3154 steps beneath week target.
Day 3:
Day 4:
Day 5:
Day 6:
Day 7:

lm3898
02-23-2012, 11:43 AM
So my fitbit software wasn't working but I reset it Tues so:

Tues: 10,545 steps
Wed: 14,591
Thurs: walked ALL the way to work - about 4+ miles - 11,074 - today could be my best day ever haha.

Fitbit is awesome it tells you steps, stairs climbed, level of activeness, cals burned, sleep patterns - I recommend it highly!