Monday, November 11, 2013

Step Count Data

I've mentioned that I'm participating in a walk-for-wellness 10,000 steps per day challenge at work.  I thought that I'd share my data from the beginning of the challenge.

One thing that I've noticed is that my 'step count' was averaging closer to my personal goal of 12,000 steps per day until this past week.  Suddenly it has dropped closer to the 10,000 steps per day.  Not surprising, this drop in step count seems to correspond to the recent time change.

I'm not too upset with my drop in activity level, though.  I feel that I've been doing a good job of getting runs done in the morning so far, and really it's not very realistic that I would maintain the same activity level now that I had when days were longer. I do think I need to "step it up" and start walking my dogs in the morning since my normal routine of walking them after work isn't going to be happening.  It may be a good idea to add in yoga; that's not step intensive, but anything that gets me moving is a good thing.

I really like this challenge because it's giving me a measurable way to stay accountable to my fitness goals besides just measuring distance running, etc.  Have you ever monitored your activity level on an ongoing basis using a pedometer or similar device?  And what do you do to keep your activity level up when days get shorter?


  1. I have used a Pedometer for a similar thing. It was motivating for sure.

  2. Interesting data. I haven't done anything like this but think I should try it.

  3. I found that monitoring things like that drove me CRAZY to make sure I hit the goals every day...So I stopped.

  4. the time change is messing with me pretty good. Just sunday we ate lunch, did a couple of things around the house and when we started getting ready to take the kids for a hike, discovered it would be dark before we could get out there. it was only 3:30 and the days first football game was still on, so I thought we had plenty of time. Damn you standard time! I want my hour of daylight back in the evening.

  5. What a great challenge! Love this idea, perfect for staying active during those cold and dark winter months.