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Three Million…So Far

In the continuing saga of my steps to better health I recently surpassed my 3,000,000 step. And I might add that I did this ahead of my projected schedule. It took me nearly four whole months to get to my first million, then almost another four months to reach two million. My next million came a little over two and a half months later. This was buoyed by our vacation hiking in Arizona in which I had my best day ever (28,862 steps) and best week ever (107,946 steps). In keeping with the stats attack my three million steps equates to approximately 1,325 miles which the wear on my walking shoes will attest…last stat (really) is that I am on a streak of twelve consecutive weeks where I am averaging at least 10,000 steps a day.

Two Million Steps

It was funny for me to read my “one million” post from last May as I prepared to write about my second million steps (That’s nearly 1000 miles walked!). There were set backs of course; sore knees, a July bout with the flu, activities that don’t lend themselves to walking, and a freaking hot summer. I started my walking program in January and expressed at the time that winter may not have been the best time to start. Now over eight months into it, winter was not all that bad. Summer can be a bummer.

One Million Steps

Sometime in the afternoon of April 27, 2012 I achieved a milestone albeit a couple of weeks later than I had hoped. On January 1 I started a program to increase the number of steps that I took each day with an ultimate goal of getting 10,000 steps a day. Starting a walking program in January in Pittsburgh probably was not the easiest thing, but I had to start somewhere and now that it is hotter I am glad that I got that start. I am, unfortunately, a sweater and this may restrict how much walking I do on my lunch break unless my co-workers don’t mind a sweaty heap nearby.

My 10,000 Steps

Perhaps not as widely used as “drinking 8 glasses of water each day” or “an apple a day…”, the belief that taking ten thousand steps each day will pave the way towards total health is almost as well known.  On many levels that makes sense to me.  I have a relatively new position where I work that entails a fair amount of walking 2-3 times per week with some climbing slopes included.  I had been doing this for a few months and I noticed something weird.  I was able to tighten one more belt hole, my pants got a little bigger, and I didn’t gasp for air when I strode up a steep slope.

10,000 Steps A Day

I had heard many times that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle (weight, exercise, mental status) a rule of thumb is to take at least 10,000 steps everyday.  In some ways that sounds like a lot, but as much as I walk in a day I thought I’d be close.  As I was browsing around Amazon I found a very cool pedometer that counts steps, estimates distance, calories burned and keeps a record of the last seven days measurements.