What about speed? What about altitude?: Two problems with step counting

I blogged recently about counting steps while at conferences in Europe. Short story? Good, because Europe. Bad, because conferences.

But still I got over 10, 000 steps in everyday and while in Scotland hit some new highs.


That’s a lot of walking.

But there’s at least two ways that this number doesn’t tell the whole story.

The first is altitude. I reached 25,000 steps the day Sarah and I walked up to Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park.  What’s Arthur’s Seat?

Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. It is a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace.

2 thoughts on “What about speed? What about altitude?: Two problems with step counting

  1. One of the things I like about the fitbit is that it tracks stairs (altitude, really) and “active minutes.” As I’ve been recovering form some health issues, the activity minutes has been a great way to make sure that I’m getting some actual movement in (it requires a little amount of speed for at least 10 minutes. A 20-minute mile seems to be fast enough).

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  2. Yeah, on a fitbit, if you ascend 10ft, it counts as one floor. Actually, it picks up this ascent even when you’re not on foot. Even being in a car that’s climbing a hill reflects in your ‘floor’ count.


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