2017-11-29 1:27 PM
Since a bunch of us are injured or not running very consistently, I thought I'd see if there is any interest in participating in a Step Challenge for next year.
Here's how I envision it working. (feel free to post your great suggestions below if you don't like my vision)
The challenge is to complete at least 10,000 steps a day.
It doesn't matter if those are steps taken on a walk, on a run, or just throughout the course of the day.
If you surpass 10,000 steps in a day, you receive 1 point for the day.
Regardless of how many steps you complete in a day, you only receive 1 point a day.
Since no one is perfect - one day a week (any day you feel ambitious), you can rack up 20,000+ steps and receive an extra point for that day, but the maximum total number of points you can get in a week remains at 7.
You can be in both the Mileage Challenge and the Step Challenge and double count your steps for both challenges (i.e. you don't have to run 10 miles AND then walk another 6 miles to participate in both)
10,000 steps is roughly 6 miles - depending on stride length. It's the oft cited number of daily steps to help improve or maintain health.
Post here if you are interested in participating in the Step Challenge for 2018.
The process is:
Everyone who signs up will randomly be assigned to a team.
Each week, in the Step Challenge thread, post the number of steps you have take for each day, and if you have surpassed 10,000 steps for any given day, give yourself a point for that day.
For any single day in that week, if you surpass 20,000 steps, give yourself an extra point, as long as you don't go over 7 points in a week.
Sunday, 9,999 steps - 0 pt
Monday, 10,111 steps - 1 pt
Tuesday, 13,333 steps - 1 pt
Wednesday, 15,555 steps - 1 pt
Thursday, 17,777 steps - 1 pt
Friday, 19,999 steps - 1 pt
Saturday, 20,001 steps - 2 pts
I'll keep track of total individual and team points, as well as individual and team steps (just for fun)
Reply below if you are interested. Recruit your friends!
As The Beard would say --C'mon folks--step up.
2017-11-30 12:16 AM
Most of my exercise is on the arc trainer at the gym. How would I translate this to steps? The machine provides a calorie count, which is too high, and a distance gone, which is too low.
2017-12-03 8:07 PM
I don't know - if you wear a step counter on your wrist while on the arc training, does it record anything?
10,000 steps is somewhere between 1.5 and 2.0 hours of continuous exercise walking, closer to an hour of running. Of course, the nice thing is that if you wear the step counter all day, you'll pick up a few thousand steps just from your daily activities, so most people would not end up walking for 1.5 to 2 hours a day just to get the steps in.
We'll come up with something for you. How would you rate an hour of arc training vs an hour of walking vs an hour of running?
It's nice to have some motivation to participate around here.
I'd say the energy I spend on the arc trainer in an hour is about 10% more than I did in an hour's running, give or take on a particular day, as my heart rate is higher (if I can believe the machine), combined with how I feel during and at the end of a workout. I don't have any gadgets I wear to count steps, per se. When I'm walking around, the cell phone does track them, though.
2017-12-12 5:50 PM
I have great faith in your fairness and self evaluation. I would just try to estimate your step count while on the elliptical. When running, my stride is roughly a meter, so 6.2 miles is 10,000 steps or roughly 1600 steps per mile run. At an easy pace, I'll cover 10k in an hour - i.e. 10,000 steps in an hour.
When you report your steps - please just report your best guess rather that leaving it up to me to try and convert elliptical hours to steps take. That will make my life a lot easier!
Not a problem. I'm guessing if I'm on the arc trainer for an hour, based on my effort and its readings, it works out to a little over 6 miles, so there's the 10,000 steps. Plus it's another 2,000 to 3,000 steps I take in a day.
I wear my Garmin, which has a pedometer, on the elliptical. Even though my feet don't leave the "step", it counts my steps. It is my observation....which I can pay more attention to in the coming weeks......that the steps are about what I would have if I walked a mile.
2017-12-02 8:50 AM
Come on folks - Mut needs something he can participate in
2017-12-02 11:35 PM
If he is in then you can count on me joining.
2017-12-29 2:27 PM
2017-12-29 2:31 PM
my stupid new Samsung phone J3 does not have a step counter, my Galaxy note 4 that died did. Even then I don't carry my phone everywhere I go. I guess its time to get myself a fitbit thingie. Plus it does not help that I mostly work out of home, only on trips to Europe I get a lot of walking in. In India, forget about walking with all the dust and pollution.
2017-12-30 12:04 AM
You better be in.
He put me on a team.
The step challenge is separate from the running challenge, correct? If so, I'd like to participate.
My caveat would be that I now live where it's often -20 or more, and you will NOT catch me out there on those days, nor will I be joining a gym to walk a treadmill.
Also, I'm not job hunting till sometime in January, so I don't know how my work/home life will balance out. However, I am certain it will be much better than it has been the last couple of years as I only have to work ONE job, and maybe not even full time!
Given I'm a bit unsettled for a couple of months into the new year, perhaps I'd not be viewed as a good teammate and I certainly understand.
Come Spring/Summer/Fall however, I will kick ass.
So there ya go.
2017-12-03 8:10 PM
Yes - the step challenge is separate from the running challenge. While you can use steps accumulated while running for the step challenge, the two are completely independent. It's really intended for a way to encourage everyone to stay active and share the camaraderie of doing so even if they are not running currently for whatever reason.
Too many unknowns right now.
I'm interested but I don't want to have to buy anything to count my steps. Can I just count them the old fashioned way?
Do you have an iPhone? There is a built-in Health app on iPhones that automatically counts your steps. As long as you have it in your pocket or your water bottle belt or whatever while you're working out, then it would count your steps. Or, I have bought an arm band to hold the phone during my gym workouts.
ETA: Other smartphones might have a similar built-in app, or for all I know there are a zillion free apps that would also do it.
2017-12-27 8:46 AM
Samsung has one too
Apparently it doesn't calculate if you have it in the pocket of the running stroller.
2017-12-08 8:52 AM
2017-12-18 3:03 PM
I'm interested - I need more motivation to get up every hour and go walk around at work instead of being glued to my chair all day.
Morning! I am Schantzie's husband and would like to participate in the step challenge. Look forward to following the progress of all, thanks for the invite!
2018-01-01 4:56 AM
Welcome and thank you for joining the challenge.
2018-01-01 5:37 PM
Great to have you join. I'll get you on a team some time this week as I look for others who are also joining. Welcome!
I’ll play. :) though I forewarn I’ve been having a really difficult time getting 10k in these last few weeks. We are locked into -30 at the moment and not looking to improve any time over next few weeks so walks outside are just not happening. Yay winter break with housebound kids!
Just curious. What is the coldest temp at which you'll go outdoors and go ice fishing? When I lived in Wisconsin, once it was -20 degrees C outdoors and I saw a guy out there. Just punched a hole on the ice on a frozen lake. Just him, the pole and the frozen lake. That's a wet cold, btw.
2017-12-27 2:53 PM
My massage therapist is extremely excited about -40 temps for ice fishing - pretty sure there isn't a cut off low temp as most people take a tent, heater etc.
Why the hell do I know so much about a batshit crazy thing like ice fishing?
Well I personally would never go ice fishing.
But yes people go in -40C. Some people here actually enjoy winter. I don't understand them.
2017-12-28 2:36 PM
And this is why we're friends
2017-12-27 2:52 PM
And this is why I'm not signing up
I found out during the worst stage of my sciatica that I can eat, sleep, read, study & use the bathroom in 450 steps per day #smallapartment No way am I signing up to walk the halls...although those midnight fire alarms we've been having certainly help with 12 floors to walk down
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