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Old 06-08-2019, 06:12 AM
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I just read this at MFP:
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Dieters who lost 30 pounds and maintained their weight loss for more than a year clocked 12,000 steps per day (compared with 9,000 steps for normal-weight adults and 6,500 for overweight and obese adults), according to 2019 research published in the journal Obesity.
My daily goal, for years, is to take 1 walk that is 10,000 steps (and everything else is gravy). Because Iím walking so much right now while I want to be out of my house for workers, my daily total is 20,000+, but Iím also eating a lot more.

How are you doing?


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Old 06-08-2019, 06:18 AM
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I am sitting with my Mom and dad. Lots of sitting. I am staying close so my dad can get out and do things he needs to do. I have so many days that I havenít even hit 2000. It is going to take weeks to get back in shape, well, back in the shape I was in. No better.
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Old 06-08-2019, 06:18 AM
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SUmmer is starting today, so my goal goes up to 12K a day. I must say, I think I walk a lot because it does not do anything for
weight loss for me.

Yes, I am the one who needs to monitor my eating.
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Old 06-08-2019, 06:40 AM
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That's a lot of steps! I need to do better. Even when I exercise I don't get that many.

I'm amazed at how many steps some teachers seem to get. Honestly, I feel like I sit more at school. We do guided tables for everything - guided math, guided reading, guided writing, conferring, etc. I feel like to do a lot of sitting at the table or sitting at the rug because of this. Maybe because I'm in intermediate? And my classroom is small, so I don't know where I would walk.

I used to wear a fitbit. But it ended up stressing me out too much. I lost the enjoyment of exercise because I was only worried about getting steps. It became one more thing to obsess/stress about.
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Old 06-08-2019, 06:45 AM
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This is so interesting! I'm going to discuss this with my trainer (feels weird saying that) on Monday. He did mention that cardio didn't seem to be one of the problems for me (maybe the others were just more prevelant??) I don't have any device which monitors my steps so I have no idea how many I get in a day. I do have a treadmill and so I can keep track of the miles I walk. Thanks for sharing Amiga13!


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Old 06-08-2019, 06:52 AM
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I try really hard to make 10,000 a day. Doesn’t always happen (especially since I spend 2 hours a day in a car driving DS to therapy). I pay more attention to exercise minutes, honestly. I can easily knock out 5,000 steps shopping. I don’t consider that exercise. In general, walking doesn’t get my heart rate high enough to count for exercise....except at the gym where I walk up a steep incline the entire time. Plus, if you do the same exercise all the time, your body gets used to it and it doesn’t “count” essentially. You have to constantly change and up the intensity.

There’s an app called StepBet that I think is really neat. You bet a set amount of money, then it uses the data from your FitBit/Apple Watch/whatever to calculate a personalized daily step goal. Then it gives you two “reach days,” (I think they’re called) where it adds like 2,000 steps. If you make your goals at the end of the bet, you split the pot with everyone else that was successful. I love that it uses personalized data instead of just general one size fits all data.
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Old 06-08-2019, 07:02 AM
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The device you use can also affect how many steps you get. We noticed that when my dd got a non Fitbit step watch. I would come home from school routinely with over 10k. When we walked I would get significantly more steps than she did. I now have a samsung profit2, and I definitely get less steps than I used to. My goal before was 12k, which I usually manage with a 40 minute walk after work. Now, I come home with closer to 6k with no change that I am aware of at school. It takes quite a walk to get 6000 steps, so I feel lucky to get 10k. Often I donít.

I just saw that yesterday I closed in on 3500steps. I hit the big time! Moved some furniture with my dad. Lol
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Old 06-08-2019, 07:21 AM
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I generally do about 12 000-14 000 per day...that includes walking my dogs when I get home. I teach 3/4 so I still walk a lot at school, but less so than when I taught 1/2. My classroom is pretty far from the photocopiers so helps up my steps!
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Old 06-08-2019, 07:42 AM
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happykid -- You might be interested in a book called - The Step Diet Book - Count steps not calories. Seems like a practical approach.

https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-step-diet#1
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:17 AM
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I usually do 10-14K per day, unless the weather is bad and I canít get out to walk.


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Old 06-08-2019, 08:30 AM
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I usually get between 15 - 20K a day. About 4K of that is purposeful walking.

I have seen great results from resistance training (lifting weights) but I do not get a lot of steps for a 35 - 40 min. lifting session, but I burn about 320 or so calories while lifting.
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:20 AM
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That's a lot of walking and good exercise for you! There is a group of senior ladies that walk in my neighborhood, but I think they do more visiting than walking, which is also nice!

We have a running group here and along with home exercise equipment, a lot of exercise gets done!
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Old 06-08-2019, 10:07 AM
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My goal used to be 10,000 a day. Then I started having knee trouble. So I had to revise my goal. Iím satisfied with 6,000 for now. Once I get this second knee replaced, Iím hopeful to be back to 10,000 or more again.
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Old 06-08-2019, 11:00 AM
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Plus, if you do the same exercise all the time, your body gets used to it and it doesnít ďcountĒ essentially. You have to constantly change and up the intensity.
This fascinates me, h0kie, probably because I donít get it. You ďhave to change and up the intensityĒ to accomplish what?

I walk (under normal circumstances) 5+ miles a day and do a short workout assigned by my personal trainer every day (stretches, pushups, light weights, etc.). My goal is to maintain my current weight and improve my strength & balance. I donít really change things up a lot. Should I? If yes, how?
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:10 PM
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During the school year it's easy to get 10,000 steps by the time I go to bed but now that I'm on summer break it's a challenge to get 6,000 unless I have plans to be out shopping for the day.
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:18 PM
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This article explains it pretty well:
https://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitn...r-weight-loss/

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The more you do something, the easier it becomes,
Your body gets used to what youíre doing. It doesnít have to be big changes. Little ones are fine.
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:31 PM
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Thanks, h0kie! What a great articleóI do change in small ways so I now feel pretty good about my routines.

I wonder if my body will be shocked by shorter walks when the window installers finish?
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:32 PM
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The school year before this last one, I was doing lots of fitbit challenges with a couple of other teachers. It wasn't unusual for me to get 15,000 steps a day. Those two teachers changed jobs and weren't here during this last school year. I usually got about 10,000 a day. This summer, I have rarely reached over 6,000 a day.
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:52 PM
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We try for 10-12,000. We also play pickleball, ride bikes, lift weights and do yoga.
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Old 06-08-2019, 05:14 PM
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I do 20,000 almost every day. Last time I missed it was in April. I walk at school, outside, and around my house. I haven't been below 10,000 since I was sick a year and half ago. I think my body has gotten used to it.
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Old 06-08-2019, 07:55 PM
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I usually average somewhere between 14 and 18,000. I think my highest was around 28,000. My app counts revolutions on my bicycle as steps as well and I usually ride about 10-12 miles per day.

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