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There’s a good chance that you or someone you know has a fitness tracker. And the ideal goal is often 10,000 steps roughly equates to five miles daily, which meets the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations of moderate-intensity exercise such as brisk walking for at least 150 minutes per week. However, depending on your starting point, you may need to work your way up to that 10,000-step range. There are a number of ways you can reach that goal.

First, find your initial step goal.

  1. Wear your pedometer or fitness watch for about a week.
  2. Find your highest step count for that week. That is your daily step goal for the next 2 two weeks.
  3. After those two weeks, increase your steps by 500-1000 per day.
  4. Repeat until you reach 10,000 steps per day.
  5. Maintain 10,000 steps per day, it’s no easy task.

Next, sneak more steps into your day.

  • Park farther away from your destination: work, school, bus/train, grocery and mall.
  • Take the stairs whenever possible.
  • Walk to work or walk kids to school, if possible.
  • Join a walking group or create one with friends, family, coworkers or neighbors.
  • Leave your desk every hour to walk for two minutes.
  • Step in place during your favorite show and/or during commercials.
  • Walk while talking on the phone. Try a walking meeting at work.
  • At Meijer? Take an extra lap around the perimeter.
  • Walk around the block or track while kids are at sports practice.

Also consider finding a group, friend, family member or co-worker to walk with. Having a support system or even some friendly competition can help keep you motivated. It will take time to reach 10,000 steps a day, but keep at it and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with your accomplishments.  If you’re still shopping around for a fitness tracker, read our article on how to find the right one for your lifestyle.

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