How to Walk 10,000 Steps Per Day
By Sara Butler
You’ve no doubt heard that sitting is bad for you. Yes, all the sitting that Americans do between work, the daily commute, and home is leading to an epidemic of ill health. In fact, even if you exercise every day, then it doesn’t really offset the impact of being sedentary the rest of the time. If you’re not working movement into your day, then you may be losing out on some major health benefits. Here are a few ideas to help you reach that 10,000 steps per day goal to help you improve your health!
Do the Math
You need to figure out how many steps you take to go one mile. If you have a fitness tracker this is an easy task, but if you don’t, then you need to figure out just how many steps will equal a mile for you, based on your height and stride length.
Break Up Your Goal
Instead of trying to go out and walk 10,000 steps all at once, break your step goal down into a few manageable goals throughout the day. A morning walk, an afternoon walk, and an evening walk seem to be the most intuitive way to break down your step goal, but you can really do it any way you want. It’s usually a bit more workable with a busy schedule to walk for about 20 minutes three times a day rather than all at once.
The Hour By Hour Goal
If you break down the number of steps you need to go each day by the hours in a workday, then you’re looking at about 1,000 steps per hour. That means about 10 minutes of walking each hour. This may not be a realistic way for everyone to go about getting their steps in, but if it’ll work for you, then maybe you should give it a try!
The Hour of Power
Of course, you can always go with an hour of power to get your steps in. That means you give yourself one hour each and every day to challenge yourself to walk as many steps as you can. See if you can push yourself a little more each week to go more steps in the same amount of time.
Get a Tracker
An activity tracker is a great way to keep you aware of just how many steps you’re racking up (or not racking up) per day. You may think you’re active, but an activity tracker can show you what’s really going on and will allow you to make adjustments to help you get where you need to be!
Getting in 10,000 steps a day isn't as difficult as it may seem! You just need to be aware of how to get there!
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