10,000 steps a day, it really sounds like a lot doesn’t it? I know when I first started on my Weight Watchers journey that number seemed so scary!! Now even when I don’t hit the gym I make it a point to hit my 10,000 steps. Every single little step is a great start to a healthy lifestyle! (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)
Now first off you really need a way to track your steps! I have to say that technology has come a long way from our mom’s pedometers now from what our parents used. They are now blue tooth and heart rate enabled, Fitbit has always been the tracker I have used since 2013. I started out with the Fitbit Zip, then the Fitbit One, next Fitbit Flex 2, and now Fitbit Charge 2. It is amazing how technology has improved for tracking with each one. Now if 10,000 steps a day seems too much you can set a lower goal, especially if you are injured or recovering from an injury.
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Simple Ways To Get 10,000 Steps A Day:
Designate A Path In Your House- Having a path you can walk throughout your house helps when you realize at night that you are low on steps. Days with a lot of computer work at home I set timers to get up and move. I walk a certain path in my house to keep moving and add in more steps!
Park At The Back Of The Lot- Parking as far away from any door as you can is a sure-fire way to increase up those steps. I mean you already have to go to the store just add more steps. Every little bit adds up and what better way than doing it while you are already doing other things.
Use The Bathroom Furthest From You– I generally will work downstairs in my house, and make myself got to the one upstairs the furthest away from me. The steps are small but it works out great to get you moving. Bonus if you are in an office setting you may meet new people along the way too.
Walk The Dog– While I love the dog some days it can be hard to get out to walk. Make it a point to take the dog out at least once a day. In my neighborhood around the block gets me a half-mile. Plus it gets the dog some exercise as well!
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Hunt Painted Rocks- This was new to us last summer but it is still my kid’s favorite outside activity! They love to go to our parks and hunt for painted rocks, plus it also gets them exercise and helps to wear them out as well. Add in exercise for me and it’s an even bigger win as well.
Walk To An Errand– This may not happen every week but pick errands you would drive to and walk there instead. We live close to coffee shops, a drugstore, our water company, and a grocery store so every time our water bill is due I walk there. Every two months that’s 2 miles I get. The small trips add up and let’s face it the fresh air does your body and mind good as well!
Fitbit Challenges- These are fun to do with a Fitbit and it is so much fun to do!! I have gotten up before and just walked because someone added 5,000 steps to them. Talk about a get moving reminder!
What do you do to hit 10,000 steps a day?? What motivates you??