10 thousand steps are a lot of steps

Pandemic and walking are not good friends, am I right? 🚶‍♂️

I bought the recently launched Mi Band 6. In 2016 I had acquired their first version, it didn’t even have a screen! Turns out the Mi Band 6 is only accurate in measuring the steps. Not the heart rate, o2, or even sleeping. Thankfully I don’t need Xiamoni to know how well I sleep or how fast my heart beats. Just counting steps accurately is good enough for me 🤷‍♂️

I wanted to try and push myself to walk more, if you gamify walking you might walk more. At least that’s the plan. So far is working. I’ve gone for walks where in the past I would’ve just stayed home.

I’ve set my daily goal to 10.000 steps, which is pretty high if you’re working from home. On an average day without leaving my cave I can do around 2.000, as incredible as it sounds just by staying indoors. On days when I go to my school and back I get a total of 5.000 steps. Now, how do I get 10.000? 🤔

Last Sunday I decided I would walk until I got 5.000 and then do a 180º and head home. Well, it turns out doing ten thousand steps is no easy feat 🏃‍♂️💨 It took me more than 1.5 hours of walking non-stop in which I walked almost 10Km 🥵

That is no joke. No joke to do it in a single session. If you spread out the walking during a workday, if you go to your office or workplace and back, go out for lunch… 10.000 is not that much 😌

I consider myself to be in good shape and I got tired after that 1.5 hours of walking (non-stop). On this Sunday walk, I could even reach the beach.

💭 Closing words

So far I like the wearable. I need more time to get used to check the time on it instead of instinctively pulling out my phone. I look forward to my summer vacation to see how far I can push this for walking and swimming 🏊‍♂️

Do you care about your step count? Do you know how many steps you usually do?

Ricard Torres

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About Ricard

Senior Front-end Software Engineer from Barcelona, Haidong Gumdo Instructor (korean martial art of the sword), street photographer, travel lover, TV addict, Boston Red Sox fan, and privacy advocate.

2 Replies to “10 thousand steps are a lot of steps”

  1. A tall persons’ 10 000 steps is a short person’s 12 500 steps. Set a goal you can easily reach first, then gradually increase it over time. Your daily step goal should always require “a little bit more effort” than you’d normally put into walking. That’s how I’ve tricked myself to walking more and more over the years.

    For what it’s worth, I’ve had both the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 and 5 (and Honor Band 5.) These bands over-counted steps by about 20 % compared to other step-counting armbands, the Google Fit app, and a manual counting. (I counted out 200 steps manually on flat terrain because I couldn’t believe the Chinese brands would be so far off the other brands.) So, it could be you didn’t actually walk 10 000 steps that day. 😉

    The Samsung Fit2 is the most accurate Android-compatible budget band. It gets long walking sessions really well, but it under-counts for short indoor sessions like the once you described.

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    1. Thank you Daniel for this. Turns out I might be even weaker that I thought 😁

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