How to check your step frequency
This morning, I decided to check my step frequency. You can determine your step frequency by counting the times your left foot hits the ground during 1 minute. ( Or your right foot. Whichever you prefer). I took the egg timer and set it at 1 minute. After a few false starts when I counted both feet, I got the hang of it. One, two, three, I counted every time my left foot landed on the dirth path that leads to the kids' school. I repeated the process 3 times to make sure I got it right.
My step frequency is….
And my step frequency is: 80. Unfortunately that's not very good. In fact the recommended step frequency is 90! Bummer! So I decided to aim for 90 steps per minute. I almost succeeded. I got to a step frequency of 87. But it did not feel very nice, and I was definitely not in my fat burning zone.
Having fun with your step frequency
I did however have fun this morning! Usually I like to listen to some music during my run. But this morning I was too busy counting my steps and thinking about my step frequency. If your step frequency is like mine, way below the recommended 90 steps per minute, it can be a great motivational tool. You could try for 85 for example, and then slowly work your way up to 90.
What's your step frequency?