Health and Wellness

6 Million Step Challenge (Updating)

In 2020 I am attempting to walk, run or hike 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)

I will need to have some big months in May, June, July, and August as walking and running gets a bit more challenging when the days get colder and darker.

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.