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Thursday, June 12th, 2014SUGGEST NEWS

30 miles a day?
Posted by: Nebuchadnezzar on June 12th, 2014 @ 9:10AM

We had a contest and the winner averaged 60,000 steps/30 miles walked/ran for 15 days? And the person doesn't look like they're some total fitness buff or anything. The next highest person had an average of 20,000. 10 miles. Does that seem reasonable to you? I don't think the person is the type of person who cheats but who averages 30 miles a day? for 15 days!


That doesn't seem reasonable. My GF just started working as a nurse, and she's on her feet quite often and can hit 10k per day easy. 20k steps might be doable because of walks during lunch or when working out.

However, I find it hard that someone who works in an office 8-5 can avg 60k steps. 30 miles is more than marathon distance.

hardcore puppy
- 2014-06-11 10:48:30


if a person lives 5 miles away from their job and walks to work, thats 10 miles round trip. for someone walking to work they clearly don't mind walking, and when they know they're being looked at for a contest it'd be easy to find 20 more miles of walking for 15 days

killer6600
- 2014-06-11 15:55:57

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hardcore puppy
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June 11th, 2014 @ 10:48AM

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That doesn't seem reasonable. My GF just started working as a nurse, and she's on her feet quite often and can hit 10k per day easy. 20k steps might be doable because of walks during lunch or when working out.

However, I find it hard that someone who works in an office 8-5 can avg 60k steps. 30 miles is more than marathon distance.
Canadia142
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June 11th, 2014 @ 11:03AM

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I work in a restaurant and I bet I hit 30k steps 3/4 of the way through my shift.
killer6600
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June 11th, 2014 @ 3:55PM

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if a person lives 5 miles away from their job and walks to work, thats 10 miles round trip. for someone walking to work they clearly don't mind walking, and when they know they're being looked at for a contest it'd be easy to find 20 more miles of walking for 15 days
BlueFalcon
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June 11th, 2014 @ 7:09PM

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Walking at a relatively brisk pace (4 mph...15 min/mile) it would take 7.5 hours of continuous walking to hit 30 miles. Maybe over the course of 3-4 days this is possible, but it seems absurd for an office worker. What about showering, eating, sleeping, etc? A person would have to spend 1/2 their waking hours on walking and possess abnormal endurance and health to make those numbers. What about blisters, shin splints, etc? Seems pretty unlikely, especially if the guy you mentioned doesn't look like a fitness fanatic.
BigRed
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June 11th, 2014 @ 8:48PM

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You burn 100 calories per mile whether you're walking or running so this person was burning 3000 calories a day for 15 days. The average diet is about 2000 calories, so he'd have to go way out of his way to sustain a diet to be able to walk that much. You can't just eat big macs and drink milkshakes to pull that off.
Wootah
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June 11th, 2014 @ 11:35PM

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Reading back over the post, is it possible we are misunderstanding what Nebu said?

-30 miles in 15 days?
Or is it really
-30 miles every single day for 15 days?

I am going with the former. There are records of people running a marathon every day of the year, but you would probably already know if this office guy were one of them. To put that into perspective, 450 miles is much further than running from LA to Sacramento.
Nebuchadnezzar
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June 12th, 2014 @ 9:10AM

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It's 30 miles OR MORE PER DAY for 15 days.
Hammer
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June 12th, 2014 @ 3:16PM

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This is an interesting topic I really should research a bit.

Two major points though:

The average diet is *NOT* 2k calories per day. The federal guidelines don't even suggest 2k, they suggest more like 2.5k. The average American takes in double tat daily --- and for some people that's healthy while for others that may be far too much. Daily activity, body type, environment, health --- all these are a factor as to what your diet SHOULD be.

Secondly --- it's a bad bad bad myth that you burn X by doing X straight up. You need to consider intensity, intonation, muscle tone among other things. Almost everyone simplifies these formulas, but don't trick yourself into thinking they're right.

Good case and point: The Cori Cycle is an energy restoration system your body uses to restore energy during an anabolic push. One complete cycle of the Cori cycle can use (not necessarily "burn") around 75 calories and you'll trigger the Cori cycle while doing cardio each time you do a hard sprint within running.
Strok
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June 12th, 2014 @ 6:40PM

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I cycled cross country and it was easy to keep up with the calory load. Really, getting enough to eat is a non-issue (and when I was in some places I`d drop $20 at McDonalds on a burger, chicken salad, milk shake, large soda, maybe some ice cream and do fine.) I didn`t look uber fit at the end either so I don`t think that that is necessarily a game breaker either. Exercising ten hours/day constantly is completely doable, at least at the cycling level so I imagine it would be fine walking as well.

That said 30 miles in a day walking when you`re also working and sleeping seems like a hell of a stretch just in terms of running out of time. At 4 miles/hour that`s 7.5 hours and, really, you`re not going to walk non-stop for almost 8 hours without resting. And keeping up that 8 hour pace after 25 miles would be pretty impressive as well. It seems like there would be zero family time, he`d have to skimp on sleep, etc.

I guess you could always organize a decent length hike and invite him along and see how he does?
BigRed
Kali Compton

June 12th, 2014 @ 11:35PM

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the average diet of a woman is 1700 calories per day and the average diet of a man is 2500 and since he didn't specify if it was a man or a women I gave an approximate average of 2000. There is no way that the average american can consume 5000 calories a day. Maybe the average obese american does, but based on his description of the person it seems like they are a normal build.

It is not a bad myth to say that if you walk or run a mile the calories burned for that mile are the same and that number is roughly 100. It's true that if you run you burn more calories after the fact, but the base number for 1 mile of work is 100 calories and that's based on physics. If in fact this person did do some running that would only emphasize my original point which was that this person must have gone way out of there way to sustain a diet to run/walk that distance.
Charkoth
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June 13th, 2014 @ 2:23AM

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It would be rough but totally doable. 15 days includes at least 4 weekend days.

Don't forget during weekends you could make up a ton of lost time. I know people that run for 60+ miles at a time on the weekends and they dont look crazy fit either.
Hammer
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June 13th, 2014 @ 4:58PM

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Man, WHERE are you guys pulling these numbers about calories from? To be absolutely clear, the FEDERAL GUIDELINES SUCK.

You realize one sitting for MOST MEALS at say Burger King or McDonalds will blow away 900 - 1200 calories ALONE.

Most people aren't concious about their caloric intake.

But beyond that, the myth of the 2000 calorie diet goes back to the WWII. Back then the some bean counters decided that ecomorphs were the "default body type" (without knowing the term or the science) and proclaimed that all soldiers required a 2000 calorie diet to look like that. These guidelines were adopted and barely revamped logically since then.

Gesalt, the father of body typing made his work known in the 1940s (~20 years later) and blew away all of this bad science demonstrating that amount of work and body types play a whole bunch into your required caloric intake per day. Notably, SOME of his research wasn't good and SOME theories are easily proven wrong, but a vast majority of his work was and remains lightyears ahead of today's sciences.

Other more recent biochemist or pysio-psychologist have validated and expanded upon his work, but our culture hasn't really failed to adopt it.

Study after study shows the average American consumes 3500 calories to 5500 calories a day. That can be extremely healthy or that could be horrible depending on their body type or how much physical and mental work they do. It's no secret the average American consumes more calories then they need.

To put some ball park on this, many athletes blow away these counts. It's not uncommon for a football player to put away 7500 - 9500 calories a day during training / game season.

EDITED: 2014-06-13 16:59:51


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