I guessed at mine. I do a fair amount of walking at work and around the house and elsewhere. I am not sure that counting steps is useful, unless you need a reminder to move. I think most people have an idea about whether they move enough or not, although they may not want to face up to moving too little.
You can get a different type of realization when seeing the actual numbers. I always knew my eating habits were bad, but once I started calorie counting, I realized just how bad they are, and how easy it was to improve.
I first read this (until I saw the answer choices) as steps - like flight of steps. I live on the 4th floor. Neither elevator is currently working. Even when they are I usually walk. Saves me from being stuck on the elevator. And usually it is faster.
@therealjrn - someone suggested I get one of these wrist-thingies to get the numbers, so instead I installed an app on my iPhone. Then I discovered it came installed with that Health app that does it automatically.
I have a device that “measures” steps. I measures my fidgety movements as steps, to a point of over 10,000 a day while setting at my desk. Weekends have much lower step counts, even though I get a lot more distance.
@hchavers Yeah, that’s just one of the big problems with step counting. Not all “steps” are equal.
That said, if obsessively counting something innocuous encourages some people to move more, good for them. I’m not entirely sure it’s a net positive, though. Kind of like those bogus “calorie counters” on exercise machines.
I was historically about a 5-7k step a day mover, but my employer (a healthcare company) offered me access to a program which pays a small incentive to reach certain step goals every day. Six short (500 steps within 7 minutes) walks, separated by at least an hour, earns a buck in your flex account any day you complete them. 1 longer (3,000 step within 30 minutes) walk earns a buck any day you do it. And hitting 10k steps earns a buck any day you do it. Hit them all, or mix and match, up to 3 bucks per day, 7 days a week. It started in January and I’m down about 18 pounds and up $659!
@Kidsandliz There have been a couple of days where I was very close, but also very tired due to non-step related exercise (like a bike ride), and handed the thing off to my daughter to run around with for five minutes until it buzzed.
I don’t have a clue. I know there are apps for this, and something a lot of people track, but its something I have never even though about. I could probably estimate the number of feet per step, crunch the math for the number of miles per day for exercise + the typical extemporaneous walking, but I have never even considered doing that.