Powerlifting Legend Mark Bell Walked 100,000 Steps in One Day

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Photo credit: Mark Bell - YouTube
Photo credit: Mark Bell - YouTube

In a new video on his YouTube channel, powerlifter and fitness entrepreneur Mark Bell sets himself a challenge that has nothing to do with pulling weights and instead puts a different kind of endurance to the test: he aims to walk a total of 100,000 steps in a 24 hour period. That translates to roughly 50 miles.

Bell starts at 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday 21 September, and essentially plans to just walk and run continuous laps of his neighborhood until he reaches his target. "I have no idea how long this is going to take," he says.

Prior to this challenge, Bell had been doing "Steptember," where he was hitting 20,000 steps every single day all month while also trying to encourage others to get moving. "Part of the thing I wanted to talk about each day was mental health, really trying to teach people how to stay connected to their fitness," he says. "If you can stay connected to one thing, if you can stay tethered to one habit, I would say walking would be a great place to start."

Bell adds that nutrition has been a key component in maintaining his physical fitness, and credits intermittent fasting, a protein-based diet, low carb intake, and most importantly, daily walks with helping him stay healthy. "A couple of 10-minute walks every single day is how I started," he says. "It can help with your sugar levels, it can help with your blood pressure, it can help with your circulation."

Upon completing the challenge and hitting 100,000 steps in the afternoon, having gone through two pairs of shoes, Bell says that he didn't find the task particularly difficult physically, but that it presented more of a mental challenge in terms of simply keeping himself going.

"It was mentally difficult just to do the little thing that I talk about so often, to put one foot in front of the other," he says. "Now I might have a little better perspective on how difficult it may be for some of you who are trying to put one foot in front of the other but haven't started anything yet... Tomorrow, this will be the hardest 20,000 steps I've got to do in the next couple of days to end Steptember successfully."

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