Health and Wellness

6 Million Step Challenge (Updating)

In 2020 I walked, ran or hiked at least 6 million steps, as measured by my Garmin Vivoactive 3 watch. Logging at least 500,000 steps a month isn’t a walk in the park (or rather many walks in the park).

  • January. 473,731 steps.
  • February. 450,380 steps. YTD total = 924,111
  • March. 516,006 steps. YTD total = 1,440,117
  • April. 551,027 steps. YTD total =  1,991,144
  • May. 632,209 steps. YTD total = 2,623,353 (new PR for most steps in a day – 56,550 on May 30, as well as new PRs for most steps in a month and most steps in a week)
  • June. 469,025 steps. YTD total = 3,092,378 (slowed down by a calf injury. Still ahead of pace for the year, but lost some of the cushion I had built up in April and May)
  • July. 523,841 steps. YTD total = 3,616,219 (another month of being slowed by injury, but was able to pick up the steps per day in the last few weeks of the month)
  • August 588, 591 steps. YTD total = 4,204,810 (this was a good month of running, long walks and several hikes including a visit to the Porcupine Mountains State Park. Also of note, I had more than 6 million steps for the trailing 12 months – Sept. 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. With 4 months to go, I feel good about reaching 6 million steps for the 2020 calendar year).
  • September 460,925 steps. YTD total = 4,664,105. A century bike ride did a number on my left knee. Did very little running post injury.
  • October 501,105 steps. YTD total = 5,165,210. No running in October. Had to have a 23k final day to make to 500k.
  • November 459,728. YTD total = 5,624,938. Fortunate that I banked a lot of extra steps in spring and summer. November is usually a sedentary month due to holidays, hunting and more. Glad to have done so well.
  • December 486,016. YTD total = 6,112,505. I went over 6 million on Christmas day. 

A few big months walking and running made all the difference.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.