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Old 10-18-2006, 07:17 AM   #21
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Re: Pedometers and 10,000 steps

Did you drive or anything else in a vehicle?

When I got mine awhile back, I found out that I could get a couple of thousand 'steps' riding the bus... the car was not as bad, but did register step also... finally, location is also important... I could get double steps if placed in the wrong part of my waist..

I think it is about 4 miles, not 5, but it does matter how long is your stride..

Also, I found it is very easy to lose them.... I would try and 'turn off'' mine by turning it sideways when not walking... and then back correct when I started again... well, you don't quite get it connected right all the time... and then you go to move it and it is not there!!!

But, I do need to get out and about a lot more...
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Re: Pedometers and 10,000 steps
Old 10-18-2006, 07:53 AM   #22
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I finally bought a pedometer to measure how many steps I walk a day. One of the latest fitness fads is to be sure to walk 10,000 steps a day.

Well, I have had it four full days. My stats are 16,228, 16019, 24424, and 17106. The days were fairly active, but no long walks or anything like that. On the 24,424 day I painted a room and was up and down the ladder a lot. The pedometer if anything is underestimating my steps. Frankly, 10,000 steps doesnt seem like a whole lot.

Anyone else use these things? Is it helpful?
I may have to get me one of these things. I take my dog on a 2 mile walk every day and I thought I was doing pretty good. I bet I don't walk another 2000 steps all day. Walking around in the office and a little in the house can't add up to much.
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Old 10-18-2006, 08:09 AM   #23
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Re: Pedometers and 10,000 steps

Martha,
I picked up one the other day at Target. I am using it to figure out how many miles I am walking an hour (aiming for a 15 minute mile).
I haven't used the step feature, but I did read the tiny pamphlet that came with it on the subject.
Did you do the whole "walk 10 steps and measure how many inches thing" to get it calibrated?
I think mine will be useful during my "exercise time", but I'd feel kinda groovy walking around with it on all day!
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That is a huge number of steps. Using 18,000 a day as your average, you are doing almost 7 miles a day, even if your stride is only 2 feet- a pretty conservative estimate.

Relax, sit down, and ask Sweetie -Pie to mix you a martini.

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I am a pacer.

Given I am so short, my stride is about 2 feet or a little less.

Sarah, I did do the step calibration thing.

I check to see if it is registering false steps.
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Would it be useful to go to the nearby high school track, pace off a quarter mile at "leisurely" pace and then another at your fitness hussle pace? That would give you a nice baseline to figure out how many steps per mile, depending on the type of walk you're taking.
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Re: Pedometers and 10,000 steps

I've noticed that when I'm walking into the Irish Mill (my favorite local pub - they serve the best Guinness around here), it's 37 steps from my reserved parking place to my reserved bar stool. But, on the way out it's 49 steps. Am I taking different size steps or perhaps weaving around a tad bit?
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I've noticed that when I'm walking into the Irish Mill (my favorite local pub - they serve the best Guinness around here), it's 37 steps from my reserved parking place to my reserved bar stool. But, on the way out it's 49 steps. Am I taking different size steps or perhaps weaving around a tad bit?


Including the trip to the men's room on the way out?
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Oh yea? What makes your Guinness better than my Guinness? Are you a Guinness snob or is your admitted eratic walking pattern back to your car affecting your overall judgement? And after walking 49 steps...you drive your car?

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Including the trip to the men's room on the way out?
Damn! What was I thinking? Of course that's it! Thanks Rich! Excellent diagnosis.
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Including the trip to the men's room on the way out?
Ohhhhhhhh, so if I can include my steps from the other day when I was prepping for my colon scope, yeah I easily average 10,000 steps.
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Oh yea? What makes your Guinness better than my Guinness?
Well, I guess I don't know if my Guinness is better than your Guinness mickeyd......... But it's the best around here. And a whole lot of Guinness is served in Chicago! I like the Irish Mill's Guinness because they serve a lot of it, it's the right temp, they understand "settling time," and the wee lass that serves it up is amicable and draws the nicest shamrock in the foam....... And I suppose the live music in the background doesn't hurt either! Stop by some time. I'll buy.
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And, of yeah, don't forget to wear your pedometer!

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Well I have come to the conclusion that my pedometer is registering false steps. Maybe that is what I get for only spending six bucks. If I adjust the sensitivity down, then it misses steps. Dang!

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Well I have come to the conclusion that my pedometer is registering false steps. Maybe that is what I get for only spending six bucks. If I adjust the sensitivity down, then it misses steps. Dang!
Did you experiment with exactly where you clip it? I recall that depending on where I placed it (e.g. directly to the side versus half way between there and the front) it made a difference.

Then again, for $6....
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