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3/30/19 2:41 A

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I am overjoyed when I get 10,000 steps in a day but I average about 8,000 and am happy when I get that.




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3/30/19 1:17 A

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I don't count my steps and KNOW I don't get even half of the norm. I'm in the house most of the day. I have a pedometer, but it's more of a pain to use so I don't bother. I don't like too many gadgets.
Of course, this year I'm rebounding and that would probably put me in the 'several thousands', since I do it for 50 min each day.

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3/29/19 11:11 P

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Never could get to 10,000 steps to show on my pedometer, even when I was at the Stock Show walking for over 8 hours (at least most of the 8 hours) or the garden and home show. I don't know what it would show when I play pickleball from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours a day on the days I play.



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3/29/19 9:28 P

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I think you and I feel about the same. I wear my tracker all day and try not to get the red line. But the only exercise is intentional

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Steps are important because they are proof of activity. If you have 10k steps a day it's a good bet you weren't sitting around vegetating all day. Steps are not exercising, however. At least not to me, they're not. I count my steps as steps for the counter and I enter exercise on the separate fitness counter. Now, if I do take a hike, I count it as an exercise and I get my calorie burn based on the SparkPeople charts by time and speed. Today it was fifty minutes @ 2.1 mph (dawdling taking pics) and I think that bought me 180 or so calories burned and if I had been moving at 3.3 (my usual pace) it would have been more like 270 calories. Even higher with jogging intervals when I usually hit 3.5 or better.

So bottom line, yes I count my steps on the step counter but no I don't count them as exercise. I count a formal walk as exercise, but slow walking doesn't burn much which is why I try to keep up the pace and do intervals of jogging or running. It *is* all about heart rate, resistance, or both when it comes to exercise. Work harder, burn more.

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When I first got my Fitbit I was gungho about getting 10k or more every day. I wasn't losing weight, in some weeks I was gaining and I was getting frustrated. The most weight I lost was 1.2 pounds when I walked a marathon in a weekend challenge. This wasn't working. Now I concentrate on the calories burned according to the Fitbit; based on my heart rate.

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I have had back problems and now I am trying to get up to 5,000 steps. I track it daily.

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I quit adding steps to my base line years ago. I'm trying to subtract steps and do the exercises the Dr wants me to do, but that isn't working so good, 2 dogs are getting in the way. My average is 30,000. 15,000 of that is dog walking.

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It is recommended that we get at least 10,000 steps in every day. Do you?

The average American walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day, or roughly 1.5 to 2 miles. It's a good idea to find out how many steps a day you walk now, as your own baseline. Then you can work up toward the goal of 10,000 steps by aiming to add 1,000 extra steps a day every two weeks.



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