Anyone up up for a June walking challenge?

(154 Posts)
CiderwithBuda Sat 30-May-15 16:07:58

Had one going for April and I think it helped a bit.

Basically anything you like once it gets you walking more than you are currently doing!

I have a Fitbit and am aiming for 10,000 steps a day.

I also use MapMyWalk and have a loop I do that is 4km. For the first week I am aiming to do that every day. After that I will increase.

I read on another thread that 15,000 steps a day is needed for weight loss so I'm aiming to get to that by the end of the month.

Hoping for some company again!

GingerLemonTea Sun 31-May-15 10:01:03

Yes, I would be. I also have a FitBit. PM me your email & I will add you.

GingerLemonTea Sun 31-May-15 10:01:57

Good to know about the 15,000. I only do 5000 consistently tho aim for 10000.

Hi Cider, the April one helped me and I have kept going through May, so I'm in again.

I should add that last week I upped the goals on my FB account to 12500 steps a day and 10 active minutes, I'm a slow walker and I want to speed up, so active minutes is a good way to track that. I also want to incorporate more hills, I do a lot of walking in day to day life (school runs, town and back etc) but it is all on the level, so I'm going to need to branch out a bit.

trickydickie Sun 31-May-15 18:25:52

I started on Friday and got to 9000 steps. I was very sore yesterday.blush

Yesterday I was lucky if I did 2000.

I am aiming for 9000 again today as about to go out a walk tonight.

Think I will aim for 10000 by the end of the week and try to increase by 500 steps a day a week after that.

Think I've confused myself a bit there.

Do any of you have to go out walking to get to the amount of steps you want a day? Or do you manage to get your majority of steps just by your daily tasks/activities. ie. able to walk to work or school runs etc?

I am just concerned that I have to find an extra couple of hours a day to walk. My plan is just to try and do more walking school/nursery runs and not have to go out every night walking. I wouldn't manage every night.

CiderwithBuda Sun 31-May-15 22:49:36

Hi all.

Hi there WhoKnows! Glad to see you!

Trickydickie - I def need to go for a walk to get to my steps. That is the whole idea for me. I had a very lazy day today and only got to just oBer 3,000 steps.

I am also trying to get out walking so that bit is more important than the daily activity. Partly to combat depression and mainly to lose weight.

MakeItACider Sun 31-May-15 22:55:20

I saw the thread title - saw your name - and it called to me. How could I resist? wink

I'd love to join! My IPhone has a counter for my steps. I actually want to start running but was told that I had to keep it minimal for the first 3 weeks, whereas I could walk as much as I like.

CiderwithBuda Sun 31-May-15 22:56:51

I don't even drink cider! Welcome anyway!

Irishlassie Sun 31-May-15 23:02:47

I will join in , I will aim to walk 6 days out of seven. I don't have a Fitbit thing.

JasperDamerel Sun 31-May-15 23:08:07

I've been playing The Walk on my phone, and am really enjoying it, so my goal will be to do a session every day (apart from next Saturday when I will be dancing pretty much all day).

I have had a pretty sedentary weekend but still managed 8000 yesterday and 4000 today. I don't have as much regular walking at weekends, so have to make myself get out there, whereas in the week I do school runs, regular walks taking the DCs to activities most nights and often walk into town for shopping. My DCs are 9 and 11 and rapidly becoming independent, so my walks taking them places will fall away in the next couple of years. However I'm seversl stone overweight and need to exercise. Can't run due to prolapses, so walking it is!

JasperDamerel Sun 31-May-15 23:11:23

www.thewalkgame.com

This is what I've been doing. You are a character in a thriller and get to unlock snippets of story by walking. It's very good fun, but is a terrible battery drain.

cleanmachine Mon 01-Jun-15 08:59:53

I'd like to join but don't have a Fb. How long do you think it would take me to walk 15000 steps if I walked at a medium to fast pace? I've got a bit more time at moment and would like up restart my walking.

CiderwithBuda Mon 01-Jun-15 11:15:41

Morning all.

Did my walk this morning. I use MapMyWalk on my phone and I'm a bit confused as the walk I did on Saturday which was 4k wasn't 4k this morning! I had to add in a bit to get to 4k. It shrunk!

It's raining here now so very glad I went straight after school run.

Jasper - will have a look at that. Sounds like fun.

Clean machine - I'm not sure really - I think my 4k this morning was maybe 5,000 steps. That took me 42 mins.

You don't need a Fitbit to do this. A cheap pedometer would do. Or some phones have a step counter. MapMyWalk is a good app for distance. I'm sure there are step counter apps too.

Howlongtillbedtime Mon 01-Jun-15 12:37:54

Yes please , I hadn't heard that about the 15k steps . I aim for 10000 a day and some days are easier than others .

I have been to the gym this morning where I mostly do the treadmill so I should be ok today .

I have about 3 stones to lose so this should help .

CiderwithBuda Mon 01-Jun-15 14:42:46

The 15,000 steps to lose weight came from someone on another Fitbit thread on here. It was purely in relation to her but I thought it made sense. 10,000 is what we should all aim for for just healthy living. Some people may lose weight doing 10,000. I have a friend who said with cutting back on food and doing 12,000 a day she lost. So I'm building up to 15,000 - going on holiday at the beginning of July and would like to do 15,000 on holiday hoping I won't put any weight on!

BananaToast Mon 01-Jun-15 16:32:14

I'll join in - bought myself a fitbit last week in an effort to become more active and lose my remaining baby weight (PFB born almost 6 weeks ago). Being on maternity leave I have loads of time and this time of year seems a nice time to be out walking lots. I'm also quite competitive so having a step goal should motivate me to get out each day.

I've set my target as 10,000 steps as a daily minimum but hope to exceed 12,000 most days. Went out for a long walk with the buggy this morning and another shorter one after lunch so I'm currently on 11,500. I've also set a goal for 60 active minutes on the fitbit to make sure I'm not just pottering all day but get some good brisk walking in.

I'm on 9850 so far and got a journey that is normally 2500 or so later, however only 3 active minutes so far, so I need to strp out a bit. I'm going to ballet class, which certainly raises the heartrate a little but barely registers any steps as they are different to walking steps, much more glidey.

Clean, how about taking a stopwatch out, walk at a steady pace to say 500 steps and time yourself. I do most of mine in short journeys, my school run is 800 steps and takes about 6 mins, but I'm quite slow.

13700 in the end but only 4 active minutes, must google how Fitbit determines active minutes as I strode out fast on the way home from ballet and didn't gain any.

Howlongtillbedtime Tue 02-Jun-15 16:47:40

Hello all , I managed 12147 yesterday and only 8000 so far today . I blame the weather !

I should be able to do a bit more to at least get me to the 10k today but I was hoping for more .

CiderwithBuda Tue 02-Jun-15 19:19:47

Hi all. I need to work out the active minutes thing too.

A good day here in the end.

yucky rainy busy morning and a sudden trip to Bristol to Apple to sort my phone. Got back after lunch. Busy till school pick up at 4 but when I got back sun was out and I made myself go out for my walk. Did 4.2 k. Am at 12,057 steps and 47 active minutes for today. Am now shattered! Planning a bath with Epsom Salts before and early night and starting a new book.

Well done Cider. 47 active minutes is really impressive. I looked into that today and found that you can't start accruing active minutes until you've been on the go for 10 minutes, which is why you've done well with having a long walk. I on the other hand, do virtually all my walking in chunks of 1/2 a mile or so, because I live half a mile from town, school, sports centre, scout hut, allotment (all in different directions, we're at a crossroads). Which means it's hard for me to get active minutes, looking back I rarely get more than 3 or 4 a day.

So, today, despite taking the car on one school run and using it for the sports centre run, I have managed 14649 steps and 12 active minutes. I only managed the active minutes by taking a 15 minute longer than usual scenic route home from the allotment though. It looks as though I am going to have to build in some extra, longer walks on top of my day to day stuff if I want to build the active minute total up.

CiderwithBuda Wed 03-Jun-15 15:28:45

Yes I looked at it too. I suppose it makes sense really although frustrating for you when your lifestyle means you walk a lot but you don't get active minutes.

I did my walk this morning. Beginning to feel it in my legs! The backs of my thighs ache! 4.2k again and I'm already over my 10,000 steps for the day. I'm on 59 active minutes somehow!

BananaToast Wed 03-Jun-15 16:24:29

Managed 13,000 steps and 86 active minutes on Monday by going for a couple of long walks with the buggy.

Less active yesterday as I met friends all day sitting down so was only on 4,000 odd steps at 6pm, so rather than hitting the sofa as usual I went out for a walk and racked up 46 active minutes and ended up on 10,300 steps.

Been out and about today pottering around so already on 10,000 steps but only 30 active minutes. Might go for a walk in an hour or so, will see if I can muster up the effort. DS (6 weeks) has got a cold and is being particularly fussy this week. Desperately hoping he will fall asleep soon! Pushing the buggy helps him go off to sleep so if I get desperate the walk may work in my favour.

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