On the surface I appear to be a really active person. I run daily, with most of those runs being in the 5 mile range. I also ride my bike and swim, and because I run daily — the days when I bike or swim simply mean two workouts. And because of my running, I’ve sort of become the town runner. Everyone from friends, to parents of my kids friends, to random people ask me about running. Usually the question is something along the lines of;
Was that you I saw out running earlier?
Which is often followed by something along the lines of;
You seemed pretty far from home. How far do you run?
Seriously, it has gotten to the point where I tend to respond to the first question by saying one word — probably. And as if the attention from non-runners isn’t enough, I even get comments from other runners. Those usually tend to the fact about running everyday, and running ultra marathons. Bottom line here, I’ve become (locally known in my small town) as a runner, an active person.
The thing is — I am not sure I am all that active. Sure, I run everyday, and as I mentioned, most of those runs are in the 5 mile range. My Fitbit data shows I do about 10,000 steps per day, or close to it anyway.
By all accounts that sounds good — 10,000 steps per day and running about 5 miles per day. But my Fitbit data is telling me another story. Based on rough estimates from looking at Fitbit, I do about 2,500 steps from daily activity, with the remaining 7,500 steps coming from running.
And on top of that, I can run those 5 miles in about 45 minutes. This essentially means the majority of my daily activity is done in a period of less than 1 hour. My sleep accounts for roughly 8 hours a night, which means I am awake for about 16 hours a day.
According to Fitbit — the majority, seriously, the majority of all of my daily activity accounts for 1 hour out of 16 hours. I haven’t broken this down scientifically, but a fair guess would be 75 percent of my daily activity falls in that (less than) 1 hour timeframe when I am running.
This doesn’t come down to laziness, but probably to me simply not making enough of an effort otherwise. Also, to my current schedule. My day sort of goes like this — wake up and get ready, wake up the kids and get them ready, take the kids to school, then back home (where I work), until the end of day when I make the return car trip to pick up the kids. The majority of my day takes place in my home, and sitting in front of a computer.
So…this upcoming 30 Day Challenge (set to begin on December 1st) will be as follows;
1. Make sure to never get less than 10,000 steps per day.
2. Make sure to spread out my activity a bit more.
3. Strive to get 15,000 steps per day.
The second and third actually go hand-in-hand. I am fortunate enough to have a flexible work schedule, which means I am able to take breaks when needed/wanted, that is provided I am meeting deadlines. This means I am able to take short walk breaks during the day, and that means I’ll be increasing my activity (daily steps) and also spreading that activity through the day. Or in other words, this should make it so 75 percent of all my daily activity isn’t being done in less than 1 hour.
That said, as a direct result of the extra walks during the day, I should be able to hit the 15,000 daily step goal.