Today I want to share with you and update of my walking for week 19 of 2020. The week started on Monday the 4th of May and concluded on Sunday the 10th of May.
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 Friday, with 20,699 steps.
The low day of the week with the least steps was Tuesday, with 17,645 steps.
Throughout the week, I met my daily step target on 7 out of 7 days. I walked 137,629 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 2,552,248 steps for the year. That places me 338,877 steps more than the same time last year. The goal for the year is 7 million steps. There is another 34 weeks to go I need 4,447,752 steps or 130,816 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 19 in 2019. I walked 114,126 steps, giving me an average of 16,303 steps per day. Overall, I walked 23,503 steps less than this year.
The highest day for the week saw me walk, 17,611 steps a difference of 3,088 less than this year. While the lowest day for the week saw me walk, 15,054 steps a difference of 2,591 less than this year.
If you would like to see the full update from last year, you can visit post at Walking Update – Week 19, 2019.
The week has seen me walking just slightly more than last week with an increase of 139 steps per day on average. It is not a big increase, but it helps to bring down the average I need for the rest of the year by 194 steps per week.
Over the past week I have been trying to pay closer attention to the days that I do well with walking and the days that seem more difficult. One thing that I noticed is the days that are more difficult are the ones I do something different early on.
Regular week days I have a routine, it does not happen the same every day, but close. I will head out for my morning coffee and after enjoying it (in the car at present because of COVI-19 restrictions) I will take a walk around the small industrial estate where the cafe is. That walk is around 1.8 km and is roughly around 2,500 steps (I have not recorded the actual number yet). When I get home, I will walk from my house to the end of the street and back another, 1.5 km and around 1,800 steps.
When you combine these two brief walks in the morning with the other steps I get. Things like moving around the house, getting ready, walking in to get my coffee and such. I will often get home with around 6,000 steps. Throughout the day, I also attempt to walk 1,000 steps for each hour between 8am and 6pm.
The hours when I walk 1,000 steps are often overlapped by the morning walk. The walk to the end of my street and back is often the walk for 8am. Likewise, I am walking in the afternoon and this walk often covers my 4 and 5pm hours. The afternoon walk is at a rough guess 2.5 km, but can be very changeable depending on other errands I need to run or if I will do photography.
In the morning if I miss one or both walks, I find it quite a challenge to reach my step goal those days. It can be a challenge to reach the 15,000 minimum, let alone the 19,000 I am trying to average this year. Some weeks this does not end up being much of a problem, but other weeks it can be the reason I end up with days of 16,000 steps. This week it only resulted in one low day. The result is that I am looking at ways to try to ensure I get these walks, or make up for them in other ways.
I hope that you have got your walking in this week even with any local restrictions. But also remember that if you have restrictions, there is always time to walk later. Even walk around in your home if you cannot leave the house.