These Feet are Made for Walkin’
My wife is a fitness nut. Me? Not so much. I try to stay fit and in shape but lack the discipline to do the right thing. For the past few years, I’ve made it a point to at least walk more if nothing else. I use the elliptical occasionally at the local YMCA but mostly, I like to walk outside. So on some days when I used to be home early from work, my wife and I used to take long walks in our neighborhood.
I’ve been using David Smith’s Pedometer++ app for a while now. It’s clean, simple, and has a clear goal-setting marker using colors. I’ve set a daily goal of 10K steps.
The app lets you download the raw data that you can play around with. Here are some of my observations for 2018:
- I walked 3,382,469 steps over 365 days in 2018.
- I averaged 9,267.04 steps per day. The median was 8,737 steps.
- My highest counts were for February 8th and 9th when I walked more than 25K steps each day. We were hiking in Death Valley. These were, however, lower than my best-ever at Yosemite when I had ~35K steps.
- The second-highest also were when we were vacationing on the Oregon Coast and hiking through deep foggy forests along the coast.
- My lowest counts were mostly in the winter months so I blame the weather when it got too cold or rainy to walk outside.
- I hit my 10K goal on 114 days. That’s about one in three days over the year.
I hope to continue my walking through 2019 and am focusing on the winter months to get my steps in. I want to hit my goal on at least 50% of the days in 2019. In fact, currently, I’m on a 12-day streak of having met my daily goal. This is my longest streak ever.