Walking Update – Week 16, 2020

Today I want to share with you and update of my walking for week 16 of 2020. The week started on Monday the 13th of April and concluded on Sunday the 19th of April.

Step Data

Monday 20,625 15,000
Tuesday 18,474 15,000
Wednesday 18,543 15,000
Thursday 20,813 15,000
Friday 19,280 15,000
Saturday 20,687 15,000
Sunday 19,205 15,000
Total137,627 105,000

Stepping Numbers

For over five years now, I have been tracking my steps daily and I enjoy looking over the numbers. This section breaks down some of those numbers from this week and cumulative for the year.

High & Low Days

The high day of the week with the most steps was Thursday, with 20,813 steps.

The low day of the week with the least steps was Tuesday, with 18,474 steps.

Weekly Totals

Throughout the week, I met my daily step target on 7 out of 7 days. I walked 137,627 steps for the week with an average of 19,661 steps per day for the week.

Year to Date

With the steps I have walked this week, I now have 2,140,595 steps for the year. That places me 280,647 steps more than the same time last year. The goal for the year is 7 million steps. There is another 37 weeks to go I need 4,859,405 steps or 131,335 steps per week.

This Time Last Year

I also find it interesting to look back to last year and see a comparison for the week and year to date progress.

So let’s look at the step details from week 16 in 2019. I walked 112,666 steps, giving me an average of 16,095 steps per day. Overall, I have walked 24,961 steps more this year.

The highest day for the week saw me walk, 17,088 steps a difference of 3,725 less than this year. While the lowest day for the week saw me walk, 15,350 steps a difference of 3,124 less than this year.

If you would like to see the full update from last year, you can visit post at Walking Update – Week 16, 2019.

Other Thoughts

Over the past couple of weeks I have been noticing the amount of walking I do a little more. In the past it is something that I have done and there is some variability to walking between home and other places. However, in the past few weeks with the tendency to stay at home with COVID-19 restrictions I have become more aware of my walking.

On many days I will do between 60-90% of my walking around the house. When you look at the number of steps, I walk that seems quite a lot. To me it proves that even 10,000 steps a day is potentially achievable for many people. It is just a matter of how you look at it.

How I Walk at Home

Just how you achieve your walking around the house can vary, depending upon your living arrangements. I live in a house on a 800sq meter block of land with a balcony. Each hour I walk around 1000-1200 steps and my fitness tracker buzzes to remind me if I have not walked at least 250 at tn to the hour. Around the house I have three or four different areas that I can walk.

  • I will often make use of the balcony. The area runs the length of the house at around 15m. Stepping with the cross beams underneath, I take 24 steps to cover the distance. So each hour, I aim for 50 laps back and forth.
  • Another option is to complete laps of the backyard. I am uncertain on the distance around the perimeter, but each lap is around 100 steps. When I use this option, I aim for 10 laps. This option is better early in the day before the full sun can make it a little hot.
  • Finally, failing these two options, I have found tracks inside the house. There are several lengths both upstairs and downstairs that I can use to walk laps. These are a last resort as it can be more difficult getting in between things. There are also more things to trip over. Plus, it can be more difficult to ensure accurate counting on my fitness tracker in this situation.

As you can see, even if I could not leave my property, getting my steps is not an issue. I hope that these might have given you some ideas on how to get a little more walking in if you are stuck at home.

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