I ordered a FitBit and it arrived last week. It is a pedometer, but on crack. Not only does it tell you how many steps you have taken in a day, it tells you how many floors you have climbed, distance walked, and calories burned.
Today is my third day wearing it, and so far I am very impressed with my activity level! Take today- it is only 2pm and I have already logged nearly 9000 steps (that is 6km), climbed 24 floors, and burned just over 1000 calories. I walk Hunter to and from school ever day and it looks like that sure helps bump up my numbers.
I had that 10000 steps number in my head as a goal and today I came across this:
Classification of pedometer-determined physical activity in healthy adults:
1) Under 5000 steps/day may be used as a "sedentary lifestyle index"
2) 5,000-7,499 steps/day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered "low active."
3) 7,500-9,999 likely includes some exercise or walking (and/or a job
that requires more walking) and might be considered "somewhat active."
4) 10,000 steps/day indicates the point that should be used to classify individuals as "active".
5) Individuals who take more than 12,500 steps/day are likely to be classified as "highly active".
I am probably going to hit the "highly active" status for today since I still have another walk and a squash game for this afternoon.
The idea of me being in the highly active category seems unreal. Here I was thinking I was still quite sedentary and worried my activity level was too low. This little gadget sure did boost my confidence in myself today!
7:20pm and I am at nearly 17000 steps. That is 11.5km and I have climbed 37 floors. Wahooo!