9 Days of stepping

When I first got my Fitbit, I had set a goal of doing 6,000 steps. That’s pretty easy to do while I am working. Now I make it into a game to see if I can reach that goal by the time I am finished with dinner break.

Obviously I don’t move much on my days off. I had challenged my youngest daughter to a “weekend warrior challenge” on the 20th and 21st. She had just gotten a Fitbit a couple days before, and I figured it would help show her what a Fitbit could do. Well damn! She showed me what she could do. She nailed that challenge with 52,162 steps.

Usually every time I check the friends list on my Fitbit app, my oldest daughter has been at the top of the list for steps…but my youngest daughter has now knocked her out of the top spot. Actually my oldest daughter has slowed down yesterday and so far today. So if my daughter is reading this, I hope you’re doing ok..hope you didn’t stop stepping because something is wrong.

Even though I got a bit concerned about my oldest daughter…you would have thought I was betting on the winning horse in the Kentucky derby when my youngest daughter made it to the top of the list…Way to go Sabrina!

I woke up this morning to find out that Fitbit gave me an award for yesterday. A new badge for walking the equivalent of 10 floors. I didn’t think I walked any harder than usual and it’s not even the most steps I have done in a day. So I don’t really understand how Fitbit measures steps in floors.

There seems to be a theory about 10,000 steps being some magic number for how many steps we should do everyday. Well you can thank the Japanese for that. The pedometer was introduced around the time that Japan was preparing for the Olympics in 1964.

☆EDIT☆ Response from someone…

Fitbit’s calculate “stairs” as a rise in elevation equivalent to 10′. This is measured by an altimeter in the tracker that senses air pressure and when a change in air pressure equivalent to 10′ gain in elevation is detected it counts as 1 flight of stairs. Fitbit only calculates stairs walked up, you don’t get credit for going down a flight of stairs. Also since Fitbit uses an altimeter based on air pressure you can get false stairs from a few things such as: an incoming storm that changes the barometric pressure around you, walking outside and it is windy, having a desk fan (or any other type of fan) blow at you, or being around a HVAC vent having that blow air at you.

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