Thanks to those of you who have read the first post in this quarter-year long series which began with this post: 1 Million Steps to 2017. If you have not read that yet the gist is that I have set a goal for myself to measure off 1,000,000 steps between October 1st and December 31st. I am using the Fitbit HR I won at a work Winter party as a door prize and it is quite the motivational tool. I am a Quality Assurance guy and metrics are something I can sink my teeth into, so the Fitbit’s numbers give me qualitative as well as quantitative results.
So if you have taken the time to figure the math the pace needed to achieve this feat is 10, 869 steps each and every day. Sure you can “cheat” and do less one day and more the next, but if you are wise you try to load the cart from the beginning with extra for those days you may not feel like walking as much or you just do not have the time. You have to just make it a priority and get it done.
How has it gone so far I want you to ask? I’m so glad you did! Eighteen days into this challenge my tally is at 227,070, which is just under a quarter of the way. Over eighteen days that is an average of 12,615 or 1,700 steps above the pace necessary. While I am still a long way from being there, I can tell the difference in the way I feel, think and look forward to my time outside.
The Fitbit encourages you to achieve a minimum of 10,000 steps each day which they equate to 5 miles. Another 900 steps is not that much more and reaching the goal by year end will be a great accomplishment toward keeping fit. I hope more of you will join me in this, even if you have a late start.
If you have been considering buying an activity tracker like the Fitbit line but need more information about what they will do for you I invite you to read this post I authored back in May: Why Buy a Fitbit?