How I got to 10,000 steps a day
For a lot of people getting a Fitness Tracker is an early or first step on the way to getting fitter and healthier. I know when I got mine I was amazed and ashamed that on a normal working day I did less than 2,000 steps a day! and at that point, the 10,000 step daily target seemed so far away I was feeling quite despondent.
If this feels familiar, you are not alone, many of us can struggle to hit this target but don’t let that stop you from trying, oh and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t achieve it every day, just be honest with yourself about the reasons why.
I did some serious thinking about why my step count was so low, (I suggest you do the same and be brutally honest with yourself). My reasons were not physical in that everything worked as it should, even if a bit rusty. If you have physical issues you will have to try to find your own way through and I hope this article may help you in your efforts.
Working from home didn’t help, as I was up, washed, breakfasted and in the office for less than a couple of hundred steps. Lunch and evening were similarly lacking in steps.
For me then, I had to find the space in my working day to fit in the steps AND the motivation to use that time. Time I thought was my biggest enemy, but opportunity and motivation were the biggest issues.
I found that working from home actually gave me a lot of opportunity to get my steps up, as the time I would normally have spent commuting for example was “free” but currently spent in bed in the mornings! My lunch hours offered another opportunity as did mid-morning/afternoon breaks (every little helps after all). And evenings could be put to better use too.
So the “space” in my day was there, I just had to be bothered to do it. I found out that if I get a few thousand steps in early in the day I am more likely to hit the 10k than if I get to six o’clock and still need 7k steps, I can still do it but it takes more effort to try and often I don’t! I also find that usually for me little and often is better than a long drag. Knowing the above I try to get some steps in as early as I can, maybe a pre-work walk if the weather is good, maybe a few paces about the house while thinking/on the phone etc. and a walk lunchtime all help.
Incidental steps when I am out are all good too, those ones you get by not parking too close to the Supermarket/office door, using the stairs instead of lifts etc.
Knowing my motivation and opportunity weak spots means I can plan around them to get my 10,000 steps in. But above all I had to be brutally honest with myself and not delude myself that there really was no way I could hit 10k a day.
Some things to think about if you are wondering how you will ever get your 10k.