Since the launch of the Arivale program—just over one year ago—our Pioneers have made tremendous strides in optimizing their wellness through making important lifestyle changes based on their data.
When someone joins the Arivale Program, in addition to the genetics, blood, saliva, and microbiome tests conducted by our partner laboratories, we send each Pioneer an activity tracker so he or she can gain important sleep, heart rate, and lifestyle insights. (Currently, we equip Pioneers with Fitbit Charge HRs.)
After a year of tracking Pioneers, we’re excited to share what we’ve learned so far.
But before we dive into our learnings, let’s look at the wins. Since this time last summer, our initial group of Pioneers has walked a total of 1,352,417,790 steps, adding up to approximately 420,000 miles walked. To put it in perspective, together, you’ve almost walked to the moon and back.
Now, what did we learn?
Data Can Help Make the Final Push
10,000 daily steps is the default goal on a Fitbit, though it can be increased or decreased by an individual. The American Heart Association uses 10,000 steps as a guideline to follow for improving health and decreasing the risk of heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in America.
When looking at the daily steps of our Pioneers, we observed an interesting trend: there is a big spike right after 10,000 steps (see blue line on figure). While data can’t reveal why this is happening, our Coaches tell us that often Pioneers say that if they are close to reaching 10,000 steps at the end of the day, they make an extra effort to get across the finish line. The trend we’re seeing in the figure is consistent with the suggestion that Pioneers may be putting in an extra bit of effort at the end of the day to reach their goal.
What we know from behavioral science is that goal setting is important, and having a clear measure of success and data to show your progress can help motivate you to reach that goal day in and day out.
Baby Steps Add Up … And Our Pioneers Are Adding, Not Subtracting
For each additional day in the Arivale program, Pioneers take 4.4 more steps on average (95% Confidence interval: 3.0 – 5.8 steps; p-value = 1.4e-9). That means that each month, Pioneers take an average of 132 more steps per day than they did the previous month (95% Confidence Interval: 89 – 175 steps; p-value = 1.4e-9). On the surface, it might appear to be a small gain—but over the course of a year, that small daily increase could lead to well over 1,000 more steps walked daily.
From this chart, you can see that one month into the Arivale program, the average Pioneer reaches about 9,400 steps per day. At eight months in Arivale, the average step count has increased to about 10,100 steps per day.
Congratulations to all our Pioneers on making a commitment to optimizing their wellness—and pushing forward. As we continue to collect data, we’re excited to discover even more trends over time and share them with you.
To your health!