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For anyone who leads a reasonably healthy and active life, taking about 10,000 steps a day is a pretty good goal. But Mark Fischbach, known as Markiplier to his 26 million+ YouTube subscribers, wanted to get bigger. Much larger. In his latest video, the vlogger tries to walk 100,000 steps in a day.
“I was completely unprepared for the amount of work it would take to make this happen and the madness of what I was trying to do in the first place,” he says.
He started the day at a decent pace and hit his 10,000 mark at 9 a.m. On a normal day he was done by now. But he kept moving and soon found that he wasn’t used to being so much on his feet. “I always added incrementally, wherever I could, no matter what I did, I was always on the move,” he says. “And that’s where the psychological changes started. I realized that my life was very static … for the most part, I live a pretty sedentary life. So I had to change that.”
In practice, staying mobile at all times wasn’t always ideal. For example, trying to keep moving while cooking and eating resulted in much more clutter than expected. But there were some advantages too; He can’t remember the last time he had such a productive day.
“What I didn’t take into account was the amount of calories I’d burn in the process,” he says. “Walking takes energy. You don’t think about it much because it just works, you don’t do a lot of work, but if you do it all day you burn an astronomical amount of calories.” “By his own calculation, Mark was on that right way to burn 4,500 calories when it hit the 100,000 step mark.
Mark had to walk around inside because of bad weather and kept pace with his feet. But around 60,000 one of his feet killed him. He kept going, but as the day went on, the boredom of keeping moving became the biggest challenge.
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Then he made a “terrible mistake” at 70,000 steps: he decided to take a break. “As soon as I lay down, my legs literally stopped working,” he says. “My muscles just wouldn’t muscle.” And just like that, the challenge was over.
“My only regret is that I didn’t stop at 69,420 steps,” he jokes.
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