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How do you track walking at theme parks?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

This is a serious question. I do not wear a pedometer and we have a vacation to Disney coming up in a few weeks. Obviously being in the parks for a week will be a LOT of walking. So for those of you have done it (and I know many of you have) How do you track it? Do you count it as a 1mph walking or what? I am curious.

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    Okay, well it turns out that my father's girlfriend wears a pedometer so assuming I go where she goes I should get a semi-accurate idea of my activity.
    2106 days ago
    I chose to enjoy the time and the company rather than be obsessed with counting steps!
    You're the one chosing not to use a pedometer or Fit-Bit which would be the easiest way to do it.
    2109 days ago
    I wear a pedometer 24/7. Some of them are inexpensive and can cost from $5.00--$10.00. It's a very good investmentand you will not be sorry.
    2109 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Before I got a pedometer I'd minus 2 hours for lunch and then track a slow (2mph) pace as I felt that guestimated the rest. HAVE FUN!
    2109 days ago
    When I'm out all day in a situation like that, I usually track it as X hours of slow (1mph) walking. I know that sometimes I'm stopped, but sometimes I have to chase someone down and go faster. I think the key, for me, is knowing that I won't be spending a lot of time sitting, so it feels like it's own exercise!
    2109 days ago
  • LARRI2010
    I do wear a pedometer and count all my steps/miles in a day. I know not everyone does count everything like that, as most of it is not purposeful exercise. You could consider getting an inexpensive pedometer at a place like Walmart for the purpose of the trip. Some of the better pedometers work in a pocket or clipped to a purse, which is good, because pedometers don't work for everyone clipped at their waists.

    If you have a smartphone, there are pedometers and distance apps. The big problem with those is they use up a lot of battery, and if you are out all day, the phone could end up shutting off on you when the battery is exhausted, and then you won't be able to make a phone call until the phone is recharged. I used RunKeeper until it and the camera apps I was using depleted the battery of my iPhone in less than 2 hours.

    It would be just an estimate, but the park should have stats on how big they are, so you can estimate how far you walked on a map. If you estimate you walked 8 miles and you were there 8 hours, I think that would work out to be 1 mile per hour (math isn't my strong suit, though).

    The trip sounds like fun! I hope you enjoy the trip and don't sweat the tracking too much.
    2109 days ago
  • JRAY864
    Just a guess, but I really wouldn't count it. You will starting and stopping constantly and you will not reach a target heart rate. Instead I would give myself a little time after dinner to take a brisk walk or visit the hotel gym for a ride on the stationary bike.
    2109 days ago
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