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The Gransnet 10,000 steps a day club

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 30-Jul-14 14:23:39

So, the NHS says: "Research shows that walking 10,000 steps a day will significantly improve your health. Putting one foot in front of the other can build stamina, burn excess calories and give you a healthier heart."

It's not the easiest thing to get started with, but - having been doing it since January - my own experience is that it definitely gets easier (indeed addictive. At the start it was "agh, 10,000 steps". Now I'm more "only 12,000 steps today?!")

One thing I have also found is that - as with dieting and our weigh in threads - having somewhere to talk to other people doing (or trying) the same thing, to encourage each other or to have a good old moan when it's all getting a bit much is a very good thing indeed.

So here inspired by this thread from TerriBull and for all those who are doing it, trying it, would like to give it a go, is the great Gransnet 10,000 steps club.

(I'm at 6,451 so far today btw!)

Anne58 Wed 30-Jul-14 14:33:32

How on earth do you keep count, or have you got a pedometer?

henetha Wed 30-Jul-14 15:01:10

I've been to keep-fit this morning so can manage hardly another step!
But I will give it a go tomorrow. How do I keep count?

Grannyknot Wed 30-Jul-14 15:03:08

phoenix I think there is an app for it ...

I remember this from a couple of years ago, and whoever was promoting it then gave out free pedometers. I did it then so I know roughly e.g. how many steps it is to the rail station from where I live etc. So I kind of do it "more or less".

Anyway gonna look for an app now smile will let you know if I find one.

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 30-Jul-14 15:06:58

I have a pedometer (there are lots of fancy ones out there but you can get a basic step counter - which is all you need - pretty cheaply online)

Also lots of smart phones have apps that can do it for you (much prettier but I like the convenience of something small enough to keep in my pocket all day long - make every step count and all) A lot of people I know use the phone one and are very happy with it. It also keeps a log (I do too but manually)

Or counting is an option - but not one I recommend (I may have tried this)

chloe1984 Wed 30-Jul-14 15:15:40

My phone app is called Accupedo was free on the Apple App Store. It counts the steps,converts it to miles also my speed and calories used. Keeps a daily chart for me not sure how accurate it is as I never had to input a stride measurement in but does at least give me an idea of how far I have walked that day

MrsPickle Wed 30-Jul-14 17:21:46

I keep my Fitbit tucked into my bra! It would be extra incentive to join this club, please.

Pittcity Wed 30-Jul-14 17:22:54

I will start tomorrow because it's nearly tea time now!! brew

suebailey1 Wed 30-Jul-14 17:30:57

Ok does anyone know about how much 6 miles is - that how far 18 holes on my club golf course is - which I did today and will do tomorrow and Friday- can we have a day off at all?

TerriBull Wed 30-Jul-14 17:46:55

My husband plays 18 holes about three times a week, he reckons he walks about 5 miles or so, and to that you have to add walking sideways looking for balls, plus lots of bending and swinging. He manages to keep the weight off, which he puts down to his golfing activities.

I think I will fall short again today by about 2000 steps, but I'm not happy with my cheapo pedometer so may go for something better.

upsydaisy Wed 30-Jul-14 21:19:58

I'll join. I may as well put the pedometer I bought to good use, its been sat in the draw since about March! I will put a link to this thread on the Rochdale local site, so if there is anyone on here from thereabouts, come to the local site and say hi, and we'll step together.

Also, just had a thought - the stepcounter I have is called a buddy. It links to a website called and I think you can set up a group on there, so if anyone else has one, we could set up a Gransnet group. Right, will have to get instructions out, it's still in British winter time or whatever its called, tsk, you'd think it would change the time by itself wouldn't you.

gardenoma Thu 31-Jul-14 16:59:06

Good idea, i will join the club.
I always think i walk a fair old distance every day, but do i??
Just bought a free app Pedometer Master Free, can fiddle around with it to my hearts content, even a total non techie like me can do it.
Here goes, oh shoot i have to wait till tomor morning, too late in the day now, although it might be interesting to see how much i actually walk whilst making dinner!

MrsPickle Thu 31-Jul-14 19:01:34

11k steps today and one fall off the bike. I don't bounce anymore, but thankfully nothing too serious except a painful rib and knee.
I shall get back tuit tomorrow.

boheminan Thu 31-Jul-14 19:19:13

"I'm in"! grin After losing my dog last year, exercise has reduced drastically (I was dog walking for around 2.5hrs a day). I've ordered a pedometer and am intrigued to see just how many steps I make a day. I also cycle 15 mins every day - does that count as steps? if so, how the hell are they measuredhmm

chloe1984 Thu 31-Jul-14 19:35:31

Only 8798 (exactly) for me will try to do better tomorrow.

chloe1984 Thu 31-Jul-14 19:36:14

And meant to say well done*mrs pickle*

upsydaisy Thu 31-Jul-14 21:41:56

7,856 steps today and now crippled from two painful toe joints through walking in wrong shoes, now can hardly walk at all! Plus pain in my chest - don't know if that was chest presses against a wall or trauma at the dentist. Ready for my bed I know that.

MrsPickle Thu 31-Jul-14 21:52:50

Trauma at the dentist sounds plausible.
Could explain everything else, including painful toes. Almost.

chloe1984 Fri 01-Aug-14 19:45:42

Sure I won't be doing any more walking today so 8690 for me hope to do more tomorrow as I should be doing the race (walk) for life in our local country park for my slimmimg club.

Pittcity Fri 01-Aug-14 20:40:09

Must've done over 10,000 today as I took DGS to the beach and had to make four trips to the loos that were a good hike away. Forgotten how much wee there is in a three year old

Have downloaded app but need to remember to turn it on hmm. It counted 200 odd when just pottering around in kitchen making a cuppa yesterday.

goldengirl Fri 01-Aug-14 21:17:07

DH walks over 10,000 steps a day. I wish I could - and would if we had loos along the way but I'm scared of being taken short blush

Galen Fri 01-Aug-14 21:55:17

I've moved my lips 10,000 times!
Does that count?

upsydaisy Fri 01-Aug-14 22:23:14

haha grin that made me laugh Galen but no I don't think it does count.
Yes Mrs Pickle I'm inclined to agree with dentist causing sore toes, since I was rigid with fear right down to my feet.

No steps today. It's been raining most of today and my toes were still hurting loads, though seem to be getting better now. With rain forecast all day tomorrow too, there'll be no steps there either, tho I did buy a folding brolly today so's I don't get caught in any rain showers.

Mishap Fri 01-Aug-14 22:27:54

How do you do 10000 a day when it is tipping down? - march round the house?

I am waiting for he arrival of my seated exercise DVD (won in a gransnet competition!) and will soon be very fit!

MrsPickle Fri 01-Aug-14 23:09:35

Google Leslie Sansone for exercise at home!