It you have a fitness tracker, you know the magic step number. Most trackers recommend getting in 10,000 steps per day to keep up a healthy level of activity. But what if you add another zero to that number?
In a recent video posted to YouTube, fitness and challenge enthusiast Steven walks 100,000 steps in 24 hours. It sounds simple enough, but it is truly a challenge even the fittest person would struggle to complete.
“Ever since I began using a FitBit to track my steps, I always wondered how difficult it would be to walk 100,000 steps in a single day,” Steven writes in the video caption. “For the last two years, I have tried to get in at least 15,000 steps in every day. Many days I would be able to beat this mark, getting to the 20,000, 25,000, 30,000, 35,000, and even the 40,000 marks.”
But now it was time to double (and then some) his personal best. Steven began his challenge at midnight, weighing in at 197.4 pounds before taking his first step.
“I found that I was able to walk about 6,000 steps and hour, which is about a three mile per hour pace,” Steven writes.
By 8:40 a.m. Steven had walked the distance of a full marathon. And he was feeling it.
“At this point my body was tired. My feet were swollen, the shins just hurt, my lower back ached, my neck and shoulder there tight, but I wanted to try and get as much done in the cool of the day as I could,” Steven writes.
Around lunch time, Steven cracked the 65,000 steps mark, taking a well-deserved break to rest a bit. But it wasn’t long until he hit the streets again to finish up the challenge.
“This was easily the most difficult challenge I have done to date from an exhaustion standpoint,” Steven writes. “I found myself taking a lot more breaks now, but I still pushed on to accomplish this challenge.”
And he did finish the challenge—with time to spare. Unfortunate for him, Steven hit to 100,000 step mark when he was half-way around his neighborhood. He still had to walk home.
By 9:25 p.m., Steven returned home, officially ending the challenge. In the end, he walked 105,453 steps in a single day, which turned out to be 53.5 miles. Yes, that’s the equivalence of two marathons. And he did it all in 21 hours and 25 minutes.
Steven burned a whopping 5,370 calories in the process, losing a total of 5.4 pounds during his “leisurely” stroll.
But before you strap on your fitness tracker and walking shoes to try the challenge yourself, Steven has a wise word of caution.
“I would not recommend this challenge to someone who is not already walking quite a bit,” he writes. “My feet and legs were already used to walking a lot, but it was incredibly difficult still. It would be very easy to get injured trying to complete this challenge, so I wold recommend working yourself up to it if you want to give it a try.”
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