I’m Walking The Challenge!

Many people have been asking about the “Million Steps To World A.S. Day” part of Walk Your A.S. Off and where the million steps come from. When conceiving this walk my initial hope was to find a sponsor to pledge a penny a step walked and logged by everyone participating. Finding sponsors sounds great right? But, as I work on health activism as an individual and not as a corporate entity or non-profit, I’m finding this task challenging. I truly believe as the community continues to rally around grassroots patient based efforts this will eventually change but it remains a slow trudge.

My friend John who is walking with Michael Smith’s Spondyville Fusers did the math and saw that it is possible to get one million personal steps before World A.S. Day. With 66 days in this years challenge it can happen but it most definitely not for everyone. If you are looking for a great challenge for active friends and family and people with AS who have a doctors approval this is a wonderful challenge because it is possible with a concerted and determined effort.

In order to be able to have bragging rights and entry into the Million Steppers Club you are looking at approximately 15,000 steps per day or 7.5 miles or the daily 10,000 doctor recommended steps and a few long weekend walks. John Scanlon and I have decided to attempt this. We have not idea if it can happen but here is what John said:

“A challenge: Is the goal of taking one million steps before World AS Day on May 5th, your personal goal? Or your team’s goal?

I bought my pedometer last week, and figured I take a baseline to see how many steps I take in my normal day. In my workday, I took about 6,000 steps (I have a desk job). Since there are 66 days between March 1st and May 5th, that should be about 400,000 steps total. (Sorry, I’m an engineer, and had to do the math).

Long ago, it was suggested that walking 10,000 steps a day will help you keep fit and healthy without the need for additional exercise. Most of us walk around 4,000-6,000 steps a day without even thinking about it. Even if you’re feeling bad, and don’t get out, you’ll still do around 2,000 steps.

I wanted to challenge myself, and figured if I publically state it, I’ll force myself to walk more.

So, my personal goal is to walk a million steps before World AS Day on May 5th.

I’m thrilled to be able to walk them as part of Michael’s Spondyville Fuser’s team, and hope you’ll join me in setting your own personal or team goals.”


I am so glad John brought this up & I decided to join him and state my goal will be the same as John’s and I will attempt the million step challenge as part of my participation in Walk Your A.S. Off. I may fall short but I am going to try. Here’s a new FAQ about the walk – I think it will answer all the questions that remain but if not – please make sure to ask us since this is all new and developing.

I’m very, very excited! Who’s with us?


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2 comments for “I’m Walking The Challenge!

  1. Dr Ayad61
    February 29, 2012 at 2:26 am

    how i can count my steps in a day? i like to share and join you.

    • February 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Hi Doc!

      We’d love to have you join us – the easiest way is to use a pedometer. I am not sure how much they would cost in Iraq but here in the US you can purchase one for $5. If you do not have a pedometer (many of us are wearing one all day and counting every step we take) you can track a walk route. For every mile it is approximately 2000 steps. Are you forming a team or joining one already in place? 

      Very excited to have you with us!


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