I started wearing my new pedometer the day I received it, on the third of September. Almost a month has passed since then, and I’ve enjoyed and been encouraged by the ease and usefulness of it. I love that it’s rechargeable. I love that it lights up so when I’m walking Apollo during the evenings, in the dark, I can easily track how far we’ve gone. I really like the total step feature, which is in addition to the seven-day memory. But I didn’t pass through September completely unscathed.
About midway through the month I took the lanyard off my old pedometer and attached it to my new one. I wanted a clip to fasten to my pocket opening so I wouldn’t accidentally drop the pedometer. A day or two after doing that I realized the pedometer had somehow reset itself, losing not only the daily stats, but the memory and the total steps stats as well. I determined that because this is a pocket pedometer (with no available belt clip accessory), the new lanyard, with the transitional piece of plastic near the pedometer, can become wedge between my body and the reset button (upper left hand button in the photo above), especially if I bend over repeatedly. I am more careful now about removing the pedometer from my pocket when sitting, driving or doing heavy cleaning and housework. Jeans proved to be the worst about resetting the pedometer. My workout pants, looser fitting and with bigger and deeper pockets, were the best at preventing inadvertent resets of the pedometer’s memory.
I returned to the Pedometers USA website, hoping to find a belt clip for my model. I did not find that accessory but I did notice a price increase. When I purchased the PE-798 model earlier in September, I only spent $16.95. Now, with just three days left in the same month, the price shot up to $29.95. In reviewing other downloadable (but not rechargeable) models, the cute and compact CR-786 model goes for that nearly irresistible price of $16.95. It looks like a thumb drive (and sort of is) but acts like a pedometer.
But back to how well the new pedometer performed in September after nearly four weeks of continuous use (minus the time I spent sleeping). Even though the TrakNote software allowed me to export the data collected to a CSV file, I’m so terrible at using Excel 2010, that I gave up and copied/pasted the relevant information into my SparkPeople fitness web tracking account because I liked the charts better.
If I hadn’t accidentally reset my pedometer on the 13th and 14th, I might have actually reached my goal of 7,000 steps per day for most of the month. The spike you see on September 22nd resulted from cleaning out the garage and an evening of stargazing at Powell Observatory. I had to take it easy on Sunday the 23rd, when I woke up tired, sore and stiff.
I think it’s time to up my goal. On the first of October, I will change my target steps, increasing them by a thousand, for a total of 8,000 steps. I don’t know if I can reach the recommended goal of 10,000 steps by the end of the year (weather permitting of course), but we’ll see how well I do next month with the bar raised a bit higher. I’ve languished at the seven thousand step mark for far too long. Apollo wants me to walking him more often anyways.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention an interesting occurrence between my coworkers and I. Yesterday afternoon, my cube mates began discussing and guessing how many trips it would take around our floor to equal one mile. Since I know my stride length and I always wear my pedometer, I volunteered to walk the floor one time to determine the number of steps around the perimeter (the hallway that hugs the exterior windowed offices). Roughly, it came up to three hundred steps (I rounded up for ease of calculation). Once I got back to my desk, I fired up Excel (I can at least do simple formulas, if not complicated fancy pivot tables and charts) and did the following calculations:
- 1 mile = 5,282 feet
- 5,282 x 12 inches = 63,384 inches
- stride length (in inches) = 28
- distance around floor perimeter (in inches) =
300 * 28 or 8,400 inches
- trips necessary to walk one mile = 7.56
So depending on your stride length, six or eight trips around our floor would equal approximately one mile walked.