If you’re like me, you’ve seen a bunch of research in the past 2 years about how horrible sitting all day is for your health.
Most of them talk about a level of activity to shoot for is 10,000 steps per day.
In April of 2011, after seeing some of this, I bought one of the first generation FitBits. I wore it for a week. It tacks your steps, and daily, shows a chart like this (mine from day 1 of FitBit Sunday April 24, 2011):
I walked 6,593 steps that day. And when I saw that first pie chart, my reaction, was “holy shit.” For 95.3% of a 24 hour period, that little magical device of accelerometers and technology tracked 0 movement. Zip, nada, big ol’ goose egg. Taking a test in college? 95% = muy bueno. Tracking your movement? 95% SEDENTARY = you die young and can’t backpack into your 80′s (a life goal).
I bought a NordicTrack treadmill and a TrekDesk less than a week later. In 2011 I used it ok, but coming into 2012, I set a goal, a New Year’s Resolution: to walk 10,000 steps per day, averaged by month, for all of 2012.
It’s the only time in my life (38 yrs) where I set and kept a New Year’s resolution. Here are my charts:
The reason I kept this goal is simple: as long as I remembered to clip on the FitBit, goal was tracked and reported. And then I just had to get up and move, and walk, or run, or hike.
Over the course of 2012, here are my stats:
Days with recorded steps: 366 (leap day!)
Total Steps: 4,123,067
Average Daily Steps: 11,265
Total Miles: 1,901
Averages by Month: Jan 11,985 Feb 10,924 Mar 11,341 Apr 12,010 May 11,604 Jun 11,593 Jul 11,538 Aug 10,094 Sept 12,118 Oct 10,258 Nov 10,642 Dec 11,088
We are now in the process of rolling out treadmill/walking desks for anyone at DropShip.com who wants them. Of our 16 team members, 4 of us currently use walking desks and 1 uses a standing desk. We have several more we’re buying. If an employee wants one, we will get it.
For 2013? I’m upping to a goal of 12,328 steps average per day. That’s 4,500,000 steps this year. Days like this from last Friday where I hit over 25,000 steps, covered more than 11 miles, and moved my Lightly/Fairly/Very Active % from 5% to 32% (WHILE WORKING!!) are going to help:
Active. It’s the opposite of Sedentary. And if you sit for work, it’s impossible. So get Active! Get a FitBit. Get a walking desk. (LifeSpan of Utah is where we’re buying ours). Life’s too short to not walk while you work.