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Pedometers: 10,000 Steps A Day

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Anyone else heard of the 10,000 steps a day rule?

I just bought a pedometer yesterday and I realized today (to my great horror) that I only walked 1500 steps from 5AM till I got home from work at 3:30PM. I couldn't believe it. I actually tried to go out of my way to walk more today. (hehe! I know I was cheating.)

You see, I work in an office in a position that has me sitting down practically all day. But today I got to get out of the office for a meeting downtown and I made sure to park far away from the entrance to the building and I didn't take the elevator or the stairs in the parking structure (I actually walked all the way around from one level to the next), then I walked around the shopping center twice on my lunch break. All that and only 1500 steps.

I was afraid that the pedometer wasn't working, until I started walking around my house, doing some laundry, watering the lawn, cleaning the kitchen. By the time I got on the treadmill at 4:45PM I had walked a total of 2500 steps. So it WAS working.

Anyway, I ended up walking 10,100 steps today (minus the steps I took before and after I took off the pedometer *hehe*.)

Anyone else have any pedometer stories to share?

Anyone interested in starting a 10,000 steps-a-day club?
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several experts recommend the 10,000 steps a day, including the infamous Dr. Oz.

I think most of us don't walk nearly as much as we think we do. 

congrats on getting your 10,000 steps in.
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Say...how far is 10,000 steps? Roughly?
That's not cheating! That's what you're supposed to do! :)
Well, when I got on the treadmill I had already walked 2,500 steps. When I got off the treadmill I had walked another 7,500 steps and gone a distance of 3.5 miles on the treadmill.

So 7,500 (steps)/3.5 (miles)= 2,143 steps per mile

10,000 (steps)/2,143 (steps per mile) = 4.66 miles per day

I had heard that 10,000 steps was roughly equal to 5 miles depending on the length of your stride.

We could start off by making 10,000 steps a goal. Then, when we reach 10,000 steps we can encourage eachother to continue or reach for a higher goal.

The reason I like CC is because it seems like most everyone here is here because they've decided to make a permanent lifestyle change. I hope to use this 10,000 a day as a stepping stone to greater fitness goals.

So, anyone else ready to start reaching for 10,000 steps?
I'm going to look into getting one of those. I work in an office too, which leaves my butt parked in a chair all day. Unfortunately, because I'm a receptionist and our office is electronically locked, I have to be at my desk at all times in order to answer the phones and let people in. (unless the other receptionist is at her desk, then I can get up). So sometimes it's even difficult for me to get up and walk around (don't even get me started on being able to go to the bathroom...)

I do some of the same things, but believe it or not our office DOESN'T have stairs. Only the emergency ones that I can't use without setting off an alarm. I have to take the elevator for one freaking floor. It kills me >.<
I remember when I was a receptionist I was actually able to get out of my chair more than I do now. I used to have to distribute mail, shipments, and messages and I had to stand and squat a lot while filing. I definitely got out of my chair more (and I weighed a lot less back then.) Now I have to sit at my desk filling out forms, doing research, and updating electronic calendars. It sucks. The only time I can get up is to make a copy, get a glass of water (or a muffin - grrrr!), use the restroom, or when I have a meeting outside the office.

I feel chained to my desk. Chained to a life of servitude. hehe! Okay, that was a little dramatic, but you get the point. It's such an unhealthy lifestyle. I can't wait to get out of this job so I can get up and move more all day long.
I bought a pedometer not too long ago and I have learned through reading... that the average person takes between 3000-4000 steps per day.  For myself, 10000 steps keeps me on my feet and moving most of the day.  I was surprised!  Even with a moderately active lifestyle, I average about 7500-8000 steps per day according to my fancy pedometer. 

On days I feel like I've been moving non-stop, I hit about 15000 steps a day.  Pedometers are kinda neat; however, I wish I could correlate average daily steps to an activity level (sedentary, light, moderate, etc.)

Anyone have any ideas on that?
about.com has some great articles on pedometors and the equivalant distances and what not.  I ordered the free phyzer pedometor and it has yet to show up.  I know if i go buy one it will show up the next day LOL
WARNING book nerd!  According to the Volumetrics Book:

1 mile = 2,000 - 2,500 steps
10,000 steps = 4-5 miles
1 city block = 200 steps
Most people walk about 1,200 steps in 10 minutes

Sedentary: under ~3,600
Low Active: ~3,600 - 10,800
Active: ~10,800 - 25,000
Very Active: ~25,000 plus


Thanks. I'm tagging that.

Learned something new :) I know how to edit now!  Thanks!!
You can hit the little E, by your name and edit it.

Just in case you didn't know that.

i read someplace how to correlate non-walking workouts into steps.  you wanna talk dork!?  i keep a daily spreadsheet of my steps!  i have a line for each day and a column with aerobic steps, a column for steps off my pedometer, a column for how many minutes of aerobic non-walking activity i did, a column for converting that into steps and a column to total the day.  i try to hit 10k a day and often hit more than that.  like many of you said, i have a desk job, so it definately takes effort to make it happen!

here's the pedometer i purchased.  i love it 'cause i can keep it in my pocket instead of on my belt so no one has to know. ;)

this is the website with the conversion from calories to steps.  the conversion is at the bottom of the webpage and essentially 100 calories burned = 2000 steps.  i also found this website helpful when starting to use my pedometer as well.
Thanks sumisan!

I know for those of us who work in offices and live in cities where you need a car to get around (I'd have to leave my house at 4AM to get to walk the 8 miles to work every morning and still make it to work on time). I don't think my daughter wants to wake up at 4AM.

Anyway, I'm sure there are a lot of people in the same boat. We want to get more exercise in, but we spend 8-9 hours a day chained to a desk. It's hard to take time out to get in some exercise when you spend most of your day commuting, working, taking care of kids and a home, and trying to stay moderately social.

I'm hoping this pedometer will serve as a reminder to get out of my chair more often.
Wow teenwolf! You are REALLY organized. I noticed yesterday that my pedometer went up one step for each revolution on the bike also. Though I must admit, one revolution on my stationary bike is a lot more strenuous than one step.

Thanks for posting this information.
I have been wanting one for a while. But my sister keeps saying don't buy one and that she will get one from work. They have free samples of random stuff like that. BUT she never does what she says she will do. I have been waiting for a month now.

I'm just gonna go buy one. I'm sure they are not that much. I'm curious about how many steps I take every day. And i'm real competitive, I think it will be fun beating my old record every day!
Hi -sarah-

I got my pedometer at Target for $11, on sale from $13. You have to flip it open to view your steps or press reset. This is so you don't accidentally press the reset button. It works really well and it seems to be pretty darned accurate.

I highly recommend getting one yourself and getting one that flips open.
Yeah, I just looked oline at prices. Sports authority and academy sports are expensive! I thought walmart would be the cheapest but target beat them all! I'm going to get one today!

Hi.  This is an old thread but I thought I'd reply and see if reviving it would bring out any others who do 10000 steps.  I am a nurse at a desk job.  I also have severe scoliosis and have been babying myself just a little too much instead of exercising regularly like I should.  As a result, my butt and hips have gotten fatter, I've grown stiffer and my pain did not improve from all that resting!  I bought a pedometer recently and discovered that my sedentary lifestyle only yielded a meesly 3,000 steps a day!  I'm slowly working back up to 10,000 steps by getting up from my desk every 15 minutes and taking a 60 second stroll.  So far today, I've done a total of 7,000 steps.  Getting in 10,000 steps is not that easy!  I hope to get in 20 minutes on the eliptical tonight when I get home and maybe go to yoga class.  I will try to check in on my progress here.  Any other folks out there doing the 10000 steps regimen?

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