Counting Steps in 2020

In a previous post from 2019, I talked about comparing my step counts using my iPhone and my Fitbit. I’ve stopped looking at my iPhone data, but I track my Fitbit totals regularly. Below is a graph of my daily step counts through the middle part of December 2020.

As you can see, my step count totals declined a bit since their height in the summer of 2019. This is not unexpected going into the winter months, but it continued even through the summer of 2020. I’d probably attribute this to a COVID-effect, especially in the fall of 2020. I normally walk my kids to school and walk back and forth to Bowdoin’s campus every day. These trips boost my step totals significantly. But with both kids learning remotely, and my trips to campus greatly reduced (since I taught both classes online, often from home), I struggled to get the step totals to my personal goal of 14,000 a day.

Still, I’m ending 2020 with a daily step count average of 14,437, which means my summer running schedule did help overcome my end-of-year average of 13,156 (from 10/1 to 12/14).

I have set a personal goal of 6 million steps in 2021, and that means averaging 16,440 steps a day. I’ll report back in a year!

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