5 Ways To Get To Your 10,000 Step Goal Each Day
I got my Fitbit just after Christmas and started my Fitbit journey in January 2016. I was totally obsessed with walking and getting my 10,000 steps in each day AND my 10, 25, 50 or 75 floors in each day. I loved it when the Fitbit would vibrate, announcing that I hit my goal. Makes me so happy and when it is evening and I am oh so close, I will make a point to hit that step or floor goal.
Where I live, in the North Georgia Mountains, getting out each day and walking is kind of a challenge now that we’re in the summer and warm weather as we have bears…during the winter, no problem, I easily got in my 10,000 steps and my floors but now that the bears are out, I’m not venturing too far from the house. Even though I have bear spray, I think it’s kind of scary that a bear would have to be within 10 or 20 feet for me to be able to use the bear spray, and well, I really don’t want a bear getting that close soooooo, I get on the treadmill in the evening to help meet my 10,000 step goal.
Getting in challenges with family and friends help a lot too. I’m connected with a lot of family and friends and watching how they’re doing, and when we’re close in steps at the end of the day, motivates me to work that much harder to try and beat them. Ha ha! I have some family and friends that crush it each day with their step goals and cheer them on every chance I get.
My little walking partner, Sadie Compton helps me tremendously each day. As a little dog, she needs to go out often and motivates me to get up and take her out. I like for her to get some exercise too so I try to walk down to Buckskull Court and back which is about 300 steps. Then if I walk past our house and back that’s another 300 steps. That walk gets me about 600 steps and I try to do that 5 or 6 times a day. If my neighbor gets out and walks with their dog Charlie, then Sadie and I go along with them and get in even more steps.
Here are 5 tips to get to your 10,000 Step Goal each day:
(1) Break Up Your Step Goal – If 10,000 steps seems daunting when you’re only getting 2,000 or 3,000 in a day, then try breaking your step goal into 3 or 4 smaller goals each day. Longer walks in the morning and add smaller walks to breaks and lunches and evening walks. This will help you get to your 10,000 goal each day.
(2) Take Walks During Your Break – when you’re a desk worker and on a computer all day, like I am, it’s a good thing to get up and get moving. If you don’t make a point to move during the day, you can be surprised at how little you do move. If you haven’t heard of the Pomodoro Technique, you should check it out. This technique will motivate you to get up and get moving several times a day. Make a note to take a few breaks throughout the door and walk for 5 or 10 minutes. You’ll be surprised at how many steps you will get in during these short breaks.
(3) Take The Stairs, Not The Elevator To Get In More Steps Each Day. When you get to work, ditch the elevator and take the stairs. You’ll get in more steps and you’ll get your floors too which is so good for your heart. Step climbing is a Great Workshop too!
(4) Your big Why. When you’d rather do anything else but get out and walk, remind yourself why you’re doing this. Is it to be more healthy? Increase your quality of life? Being a better healthy role model for your kids? Whatever it is, when you don’t feel like getting those steps in, remind yourself again why you’re doing this.
(5) Try To Take 3,000 Or More Of Your Steps Each Day At A Moderate Intensity. 10,000 steps in 10 minutes or 3,000 steps in 30 minutes. Here is an example of how a 20-minute launch jaunt. Warm up for 5 minutes (around 500 steps). Pick up your pace, as if you’re running late for a very important appointment, for 10 minutes (around 1,350 steps), then take it easy for the last 5 minutes (about 500 steps). This is a total of 2,350 or so steps and you did it on your lunch hour and still have 40 minutes left for lunch.
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Here’s a great article on how Walking Changed My Life by Sarah Kusch