Journey of Eight Thousand Miles

This weekend I completed 16 million pedometer steps since I began recording my steps 4 ½ years ago.  Using the average of 2,000 steps per mile, I’ve walked 8,000 miles.

16 million steps = 8 thousand miles

When I look at my spreadsheet, I see that I walked an average of 10,500 steps per day.  Yes, I’m one of those rare folks that enjoy creating spreadsheets and data bases to track information.  By the way, my spreadsheet also shows that I should reach 17 million steps over Memorial Day Weekend.  Reaching this goal will be an auspicious start to the summer.

Walking over 10,000 steps per day puts me in the “most active” physical activity classification of Krumm (2006), and “active” classification of Tudor-Locke (2008).  Tudor-Locke reserves the “highly active” classification for those walking over 12,500 steps per day.

My body mass index (BMI) is consistent with the 9,399 to 10,084 steps per day of healthy weight individuals in the Tudor-Locke study, as well as data from Krumm and findings in my own research (Allen, 2009).

Next month, I will attend the Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Nation Convention in Indianapolis to present the results of my research, “Pedometers in the Curriculum: Enhancing Student Success Through Wellness Education.”  The AAHPERD national convention is for professionals in the extensive fields of health promotion and health education from throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.  I look forward to sharing my research with other health education professionals and learning from them new ways to share healthy living strategies with you.

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