Martin Lewis: I averaged 24,290 steps a day (burning 3,910 calories) in 2020 – here's how...

edited 4 January 2021 at 5:27PM in Martin's blogs & appearances & MoneySavingExpert in the news
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  • martinbuckleymartinbuckley Forumite
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    I got a Fitbit for Christmas 2019 and it has been the one thing that has worked for me in regards to weight loss and fitness. Although my stats are nowhere near Martin's, I have managed to walk just short of 5 million steps in 2020, and for the first 3 months, I was awaiting/recovering from surgery which limited my walking ability.  My aim for 2021 is to improve on that figure and make 100,000 steps every week of the year, which will hopefully push me to around 5.5 million steps over the year.
    10Kg lighter and much fitter!
  • I found my old wrist step counter last year put the app on my phone because it kept resetting at 8pm only for some reason it required complete access to ALL my phone so that got removed straight away!!!! But I purchased a 79p calendar to keep track of all my exercising for the year instead, I haven't got out of bed yet.... but it will happen at some point this year I am sure. Funny thing is I used to not exercise one day a week on purpose, so my Mother could not accuse me of being obsessed with they think I'm lazy, you just can't please some people!
    It's a motivational calendar the quote for this month is "Never regret something that once made you happy" what like doughnuts?
    Sigh how can you regret a run!
  • Tom_The_Great_SebastianTom_The_Great_Sebastian Forumite
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    The annual smug ain't-I-wonderful post.
  • Tom_The_Great_SebastianTom_The_Great_Sebastian Forumite
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    From the self-basting Mr Lewis.
  • spokesladyspokeslady Forumite
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    I don't records steps,  but miles, which are more meaningful to me.  In 2020 I walked 1109 miles outdoors, in town and country.
  • FarfetchFarfetch Forumite
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    I'm sure if we were all multi-millionaires with only the need to go on a few tv / radio shows and otherwise had unlimited free time we all would be able to walk as many million steps as we wanted to.

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  • enthusiasticsaverenthusiasticsaver Forumite, Ambassador
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    I try and do 10k steps a day so 24k is awesome but I walk for pleasure mainly on the coast path which is challenging walking and on days like this I often do top 20k-30k but not every day. That seems obsessive which he admits himself. Walking on a treadmill just doesn't do it for me. Each to their own. 
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  • INWBINWB Forumite
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    Conflicted about Mr Lewis post but as someone who prefers the glass half full I will not comment on the negative.

    For lockdown I was able to buy a nice treadmill but other things took priority (mainly work). That is in as good a shape as I can make it during a pandemic and the inevitable double dip recession approaching. So mental  health and getting in shape are the priorities now. The Dry January downsides have now gone so walks (without being arrested by over zealous police that have ) and getting back on the treadmill it is. Agree with Martin about taking every opportunity. So I am building myself a laptop desk that I can put on the treadmill. Teams will be out because my clients wouldn't appreciate it but I can do stuff in between. 

    Not a multi millionaire TV pundit so 24,000 steps may not be possible but I will do my best. Thanks for the motivational blog. 
  • kickingbirdkickingbird Forumite
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    You can convert your steps into trees, by downloading the Treekly app (it's in conjunction with a campaign by ASDA money, link below) and they plant a tree for every week you walk more than 5,000 steps 5 out of 7 days.
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