10,000 steps

My Mountain Trail. Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Back in the 1960s, a team of researchers in Japan, led by Dr. Yoshiro Hatano, figured out that the average person walks about 3,500 to 5,000 steps a day.  It was then recommended that if people were to walk 10,000 steps a day, you would have thinner, healthier people.  The 10,000 steps program might also be related to Dr. Hatano’s marketing of a pedometer called the manpo-kei (meaning 10,000 steps meter).

A couple of weeks ago, as part of my strategy to be in shape for life, for health, and for my summer vacation, I bought a pedometer to measure my steps.  My goal is 10,000 steps a day.  10,000 steps, in case you’re wondering, is roughly equivalent to 5 miles.

I have achieved 10,000 steps for the past few days and have decided to make that my minimum daily goal for the next month.  It doesn’t have to be steps.  My main objective is the mileage.  A minimum of 5 miles per day.  I can walk, jog, hike, swim, bike, work out on the elliptical, or any combination of those things.  I will double the mileage if I’m getting it all through biking as 5 miles really isn’t much on a bike, and can be done fairly quickly.

I don’t plan to stop once I get to the end of the month.  I’ll be hiking on vacation, and when we return home, I’ll go back to moving 5 miles or more a day as part of my daily routine.  With The Color Run coming up in July, I can’t afford to rest on my laurels.

10,000 steps always seems so much easier when you have a partner to walk with.

Anyone care to join me in my mad May challenge?

I’m signed up over at the Daily Mile, and log in my mileage there (you can find me here), if you’d like a place to record your mileage and admire how many calories you’ve burned (or donuts you’ve earned).  You could just record your mileage on your blog (daily or weekly), or I could set up a page here at Life in the Bogs with our stats.  This kind of thing is always more fun with an exercise buddy or two (or more).  A little friendly competition would make it more interesting, too.

If 5 miles a day is too much, just start where you are with a goal that’s more reasonable for you.

Today’s walk around Breezy Acres was another fast-paced loop with no pictures to show for it.  That’s why I’m using leftovers from the hike on My Mountain Trail on 20 April.

It’s been a gray day, ten to fifteen degrees cooler than yesterday’s high of 80.  The cooler temperature makes it a good day for a fast walk.

In case you’re wondering, a full loop around the outer perimeter of Breezy Acres is a half mile walk.  You would have to walk in circles for a while to get a full five miles in.

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thanks for visiting, and perhaps considering joining me in a little May madness.

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.

~ Paul Dudley White

P.S.  This just in.  The bridge in the news story is near My Mountain Trail.  I’m glad the plot was foiled.


30 Comments on “10,000 steps”

  1. Anita Mac says:

    Very well done! I can’t imagine 10,000 steps a day – but when you break it down to miles, not so bad. With plans of doing the colour run as well – I will need to do a minimum of 3 miles running most days, plus walking – totally doable!
    Great photos – love checking in on what your are photographing!

  2. I love the idea. I’m sure I get that much, especially since I work out every day–stepper, elliptical, bike, etc. Let me think about this. Don’t know that I want to make any commitments, but I promise, I’m doing it with you already. So I’ll join you that way, for sure.

    I wondered about you when I heard the bridge was near Cleveland. Glad the plot was foiled! Yikes!


  3. nigel says:

    Really like the colouring of the first photo.

  4. mobius faith says:

    Looks gorgeous. I would love to know where this trail is in CVNP.

  5. Joanne says:

    I’ve often thought it would be interesting to have a pedometre Robin, as I wondered how far the average person walks in a day. Walking is a far more interesting option to me than the idea of going to the gym (and you can take photos along the way!) Three of my children are members of a gym and even young Adam uses the gym at school. Have to go out now, but tomorow I will look at the links you have added here. I’d hate to make a committment that I can’t keep, but love the thought of starting a regular walking routine. I’ll investigate! Thank you for the idea. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      I prefer walking to going to the gym too, Joanne. I wouldn’t mind, though, having an opportunity to work with a personal trainer a few times, just to find out what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong, and how I can improve my workouts. I think health insurance should cover personal trainers. Alas, it does not.

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    You go girl! Plus, I know you’ll have your camera along on many of the journeys.

  7. That’s such a great change of lifestyle.. And totally sustainable, which some are not, I find! Good for you!

  8. ~mimo~ says:

    That is great! Best thing you can do for your self 🙂 Love the photos along the way

  9. bearyweather says:

    Two years ago our school nurse passed out pedometers to the teachers and we had a challenge for a few months. You are right, it is a lot easier to stick to the walking plan when you have others to walk with. Now, that I am healthier, it is time for me to start again …

  10. Libby says:

    Good on you and good luck. Lovely photos too.

  11. Dana says:

    In the winter, 5 miles/8km for me is totally doable. Alas, in the summer months, I’m lucky to walk 2000 steps. 😦 Good luck reaching your target– you are such a dedicated person, I’m sure you’ll have no troubles getting there.

    PS: So happy to hear that the bridge plot was foiled. People!!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Dana. 🙂

      I’m not always so dedicated. I tend to be very good at the beginning of a new project, and then I lose my momentum (enthusiasm). I’m hoping that a month of this will be enough to firmly establish 5 miles a day as a habit.

  12. Karma says:

    Cool idea Robin. I’d love to join you. I’ll have to try to find my daily average at this point. I have a pedometer on my iPod and I keep meaning to put it in my pocket and find out what my average is. I’ll let you know if I decide to jump in!

  13. Marianne says:

    Great news, Robin! 10,000 steps a day is excellent. I’m afraid I would fall way short of that. But, you’ve given me an idea to purchase a pedometer. It would be interesting to see how many steps I do and then work up toward 10,000 on the days I’m able. Congratulations on the Color Run. It looks exciting. Great going, Robin! 🙂

  14. Sallyann says:

    I once wore my mum’s pedometer overnight to work when she came to stay. They weren’t strides or jogging steps, but I clocked up over 21,000 in the one night, no wonder I’m tired in the mornings. 🙂
    You’re views are much prettier to walk through than the one’s I see clocking up my steps.

  15. tarapappas says:

    I love walking/hiking, so this is right up my alley! I’m a little late to start the May challenge, but might try to do this for the month of June instead! Great photographs to go with your post! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. Look forward to future reads!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Tara! And thank you so much for dropping by and commenting. I appreciate it. I took a quick peek at your blog and I’m looking forward to going back and exploring some more. I love the Zentangle stuff you did. I had never heard of Zentangle before. It looks like something I’d like to try my hand at. 🙂

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