10 years ago, I started a program through work that “encourages you to track your steps and help you to focus on your fitness in a simple and accessible way.” They gave us a tracker, which attached to your shoe and used “an accelerometer to accurately calculate the number of steps, distance walked, calories burned and time of activity.” I received that first tracker 10 years ago today. After a little more than 3 1/2 years, the program shut down and I finished with a little more than 6.5 million steps.That same week, I ordered my first Fitbit, looking to continue tracking my steps. Which worked out well, at least until last March when the global pandemic caused by the corona virus shut everything down.
That is a total of 22,247,266 steps over 10 years, which averages out to a little over 2.2 million steps per year and 6095 steps per day. In the early days, this was well above my goals. I started looking to get 2,000,000 steps in those first few years, which I had a difficult time making. As I moved over to the Fitbit from the Global Fit tracker, I started meeting those goals and, subsequently, increasing them each year. These last 2 years have seen some backslides, as I try to get into a sustainable rhythm while working remotely.
Along the way, I participated in some 5Ks, hiked up a mountain, and traveled the world, racking up steps along the way. Now that the world is opening back up again, here’s hoping the next 10 years is even better.