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Old 08-17-2014, 11:05 AM
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Why? He's an economist, not a public health expert.
I quoted only his personal experience nothing professional health-related. Anyone with a pedometer could make that statement.
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Old 08-17-2014, 06:43 PM
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Oops, I forgot that walking had to be "entertaining". My bad.
Yes, at a minimum, you need to see someone balance on a small board on some sort of fulcrum and juggle sticks that are on fire at least every 1/4 mile. If not that, it's not worth the walk.
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Old 08-17-2014, 06:53 PM
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I quoted only his personal experience nothing professional health-related. Anyone with a pedometer could make that statement.
First of all, Krugman's full of it regarding the number of steps in a mile.
How Many Walking Steps Are in a Mile?

Assuming he's around 6', it's about 2000 steps. So he's claiming he walks 7 1/2 miles in NYC? I highly doubt it!

Also, though I've never been to Princeton, I had this idea it's a fairly "urban" place itself. It certainly looks fairly urban around the university, which is where he works.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pr...cd49934a13d6c2

As for me, I'd rather walk around my own quiet neighborhood, with little traffic and a few people out on the sidewalks than in NYC with all the cars, buses, and people to avoid.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:52 PM
 
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First of all, Krugman's full of it regarding the number of steps in a mile.
How Many Walking Steps Are in a Mile?

Assuming he's around 6', it's about 2000 steps. So he's claiming he walks 7 1/2 miles in NYC? I highly doubt it!

Also, though I've never been to Princeton, I had this idea it's a fairly "urban" place itself. It certainly looks fairly urban around the university, which is where he works.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pr...cd49934a13d6c2

As for me, I'd rather walk around my own quiet neighborhood, with little traffic and a few people out on the sidewalks than in NYC with all the cars, buses, and people to avoid.
Oh I could see racking up 7 miles quite easily! When I worked in SF, I took the bus to work. Going to and from work (from the bus stop) would clock in 2.5 miles. We would typically walk a 3/4 mile to get to the good lunch spots each way. There goes 4. The best coffee option was 1/2 mile away. Now I am at 5 on a regular work day.

Of course his pedometer is counting all the normal steps in the day. I clocked in 3-4000 steps in the office and at home from going to the bathroom and talking to coworkers and stuff. Even when I worked from home, in my studio apartment, I got 3000 steps in the day most of the time. Stop at the grocery store? You probably get in another 500-1000 steps.
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:34 PM
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Oh I could see racking up 7 miles quite easily! When I worked in SF, I took the bus to work. Going to and from work (from the bus stop) would clock in 2.5 miles. We would typically walk a 3/4 mile to get to the good lunch spots each way. There goes 4. The best coffee option was 1/2 mile away. Now I am at 5 on a regular work day.

Of course his pedometer is counting all the normal steps in the day. I clocked in 3-4000 steps in the office and at home from going to the bathroom and talking to coworkers and stuff. Even when I worked from home, in my studio apartment, I got 3000 steps in the day most of the time. Stop at the grocery store? You probably get in another 500-1000 steps.
I've found getting in even 500 steps is harder than one would think.
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:56 PM
 
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First of all, Krugman's full of it regarding the number of steps in a mile. [...]
Assuming he's around 6', it's about 2000 steps. So he's claiming he walks 7 1/2 miles in NYC? I highly doubt it!
Yeah, not likely, unless he spends the day walking around. That's 2 hours of walking, minimum.

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Also, though I've never been to Princeton, I had this idea it's a fairly "urban" place itself. It certainly looks fairly urban around the university, which is where he works.
Princeton is pretty much the archetype of a college town; it's certainly walkable. Be hard to walk 7.5 miles without deliberately setting out to do so, though; the walkable part of town is maybe 2 miles wide.
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:19 PM
 
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I've found getting in even 500 steps is harder than one would think.
Once I worked in a small 2 floor office. The bathroom was on the ground floor and I drink lots of water.

I had a Jawbone Up for a while (till it died) and I found I got in about 6000-7000 steps in my current desk job. I have to park 3 blocks away. And lunch can be a few blocks depending. This wasn't making an extra effort to fit in more steps.

I get my 10k in if I take transit though. It is a huge difference. Looking forward to starting a new job in a few weeks. I haven't determined what my transit commute will look like but I can either walk about 2 miles round trip or bike 2 miles, walk a mile. Well I guess when I put it like that the bike looks inconvenient. I'll try both methods. I am thinking ahead to the days when I'll have an evening meeting or happy hour!
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Old 08-18-2014, 08:56 AM
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Yeah, not likely, unless he spends the day walking around. That's 2 hours of walking, minimum.



Princeton is pretty much the archetype of a college town; it's certainly walkable. Be hard to walk 7.5 miles without deliberately setting out to do so, though; the walkable part of town is maybe 2 miles wide.
Exactly! I decided to wear my pedometer on my morning walk after all this talk about it. It's about 4000 steps, took about 40 min. We do not try to set a world record in speed-walking, and today we included some hill climbing. But anyway, at 100 steps/min, you would have to walk for 150 min, 2 1/2 hours, to get 15,000 steps.

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Once I worked in a small 2 floor office. The bathroom was on the ground floor and I drink lots of water.

I had a Jawbone Up for a while (till it died) and I found I got in about 6000-7000 steps in my current desk job. I have to park 3 blocks away. And lunch can be a few blocks depending. This wasn't making an extra effort to fit in more steps.

I get my 10k in if I take transit though. It is a huge difference. Looking forward to starting a new job in a few weeks. I haven't determined what my transit commute will look like but I can either walk about 2 miles round trip or bike 2 miles, walk a mile. Well I guess when I put it like that the bike looks inconvenient. I'll try both methods. I am thinking ahead to the days when I'll have an evening meeting or happy hour!
First, congrats on the new job!

I have tried wearing my pedometer at work, but with all the bending, lifting, stretching I have to do working with kids, it kept falling off. But I am on my feet about 75% of the time.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:26 PM
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From the Jawbone blog, the average New Yorker gets about 8700 steps / day. Maybe not a fair sample, but 8700 must not unusually high.

https://jawbone.com/blog/jawbone-up-data-by-city/

Note that Krugman says:

I’m in New York than when I’m in Princeton; just a few choices to walk rather than take the subway fairly easily gets me to 15,000 steps in the city

He's deliberately choosing to walk extra rather than take a subway (or any other form of mechanized transportation). If 15,000 steps is two hours of walking, spread out over a whole day and again avoiding using mass transit (more likely than driving in Manhattan) is plausible if he's going to/from a number of places. Krugman doesn't work in NYC, he visits frequently for business and/or pleasure (or likely both at the same time).
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:41 PM
 
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Exactly! I decided to wear my pedometer on my morning walk after all this talk about it. It's about 4000 steps, took about 40 min. We do not try to set a world record in speed-walking, and today we included some hill climbing. But anyway, at 100 steps/min, you would have to walk for 150 min, 2 1/2 hours, to get 15,000 steps.

First, congrats on the new job!

I have tried wearing my pedometer at work, but with all the bending, lifting, stretching I have to do working with kids, it kept falling off. But I am on my feet about 75% of the time.
I had a Jawbone up bracelet. Way easier than a traditional pedometer. Would not recommend. It though. It was flaky. I needed 4 replacements in 6 months and I just gave up on it. Still looking for a more reliable options.

Thanks for the congrats! I am excited. You'll see me posting more about going car-lite as I won't be driving to work!
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