DES MOINES, Iowa — Most of us are happy if we hit 10-thousand steps a day. Not for Scott Willey, that`s a walk in the park for him.
Scott started walking three years ago.
“Every morning, 6:15 I’m out the door.”
Back then, he averaged about five miles a day. Now, he walks about ten times that amount.
“I get more miles on my Nike’s than I do my car.”
Why does he pound the pavement to this extreme?
“I used to weigh about 240-pounds. I had thyroid surgery, lost 30 pounds and probably lost another 20-pounds walking.”
Losing weight may have motivated Scott initially. Now, he’s got another reason to keep walking.
“About a year ago I bought my first Fitbit.”
Fitbit is a fitness tracker worn around the wrist or clipped on to your clothing. It counts the number of calories Scott burns and the number of steps he takes each day.
“I average 40,000 to 50,000 steps a day.”
In January, he made it to 100,000 steps in one day – that’s way more than a marathon.
“I was on a mission.”
He’s also on a mission to stay on top of the Fitbit leaders board, which he accesses through the internet. Scott easily strolls past the competition in Iowa. Nationwide, he’s stepped into fifth place. It’s a competitive group, but Scott takes it all in stride.
“I have a lot of people who think I’m superman. I don’t know why, but they do,” said Scott. “I’m just a guy.”
A guy, walking his way to Fitbit fame.