Thursday, October 04, 2007

Pedometer Challenge

The Healthy, Safety and Environment Department has decided to do a walking/running challenge with the staff on campus. It is of course completely voluntary. We tried to have a friendly two team competition in our office, but only one team got signed up in time. The challenge started yesterday - we didn't manage to get our pedometers until half way through today, but I'm sure we'll make up for lost time!

Interesting (or not) pedometer facts
  • There are approximately 1320 steps in a kilometer for a person with an average stride length of 76 centimeters
  • Under 5000 steps/day could indicate you have a sedentary lifestyle
  • 5,000-7,499 steps/day could indicate daily activity excluding sports/exercise and could indicate a lifestyle with a low activity level
  • 7,500-9,999 steps/day likely includes some exercise or walking (and/or a job that requires more walking) and could indicate a somewhat active lifestyle
  • 10,000 steps/day could classifies individuals as having an active lifestyle
  • More than 12,500 steps/day could indicate a highly active lifestyle
  • The number of steps and the type of lifestyle indicated change with weight, height, age and indication of chronic illness
The challenge from the Health, Safety and Environment Office is to walk from here to the other campus.
  • Distance between campuses: 395 km or so.
  • Number of steps between campuses: 521,400 steps
  • Number of steps on my pedometer right now (having only wandered around the office for two hours): 431
  • Today's goal (being that it's only part of a day and I have a class tonight): 4,000
  • Tomorrow's goal (not knowing what my average steps are anyway) : 8,000

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