Thursday, January 23, 2014

App Review: Runtastic Pedometer

via: Runtastic Pedometer
According to smart, healthy-type people, it's best to aim for walking 10,000 steps a day. (In other words, 5 miles a day). As a perpetual couch potato myself, that sounds like a tall order! The Walking Site explains that the average sedentary person (sounds like me!) walks about 1000-3000 steps a day, on average. No wonder my metabolism has slowed down post-high-school! I definitely qualify as a sedentary person.

So... naturally this information made me curious to see how many steps a day I'm walking. I found an interesting free iPhone app (it's also available for Android phones) that you just turn on and leave in your pocket all day. It tracks not only your steps but also translates that into miles. Yesterday I tried it out and walked about 4000 steps (I went for a 15-20 minute walk in the morning, which I normally don't do).

I'm very curious to see over the course of time, how much I walk on average (and whether or not this will motivate me to walk more). I do tend to be competitive with myself, so I have a feeling that I may start trying to beat my "score" by walking a little more each day. I also love that this app, unlike a standard drug-store pedometer, keeps track of your walking history for you. That definitely helps give me a better sense of my habits and how to improve htem.

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How much do you walk every day? Have you tried a digital pedometer app? Did it help motivate you?

1 comment:

  1. I have a Fitbit, so I track my steps most days that way. On a day that I go into the office, I get about 6,000-7,000 steps in. On a day that I don't, it's usually somewhere around 2,000-3,000. I'll often try to get my 10,000 steps in by taking a walk to a further away subway stop after work or by walking to yoga class. If there's one thing the city's been good for, it's been keeping me on my toes!

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