How to Walk 10,000 Steps in a Day!

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My mouth dropped open when I googled how far 10,000 steps a day was. I didn’t expect it to be 5 miles!

I’ve been wearing my pedometer for a week now. The first day I wore it, I still did not make it to 10,00 steps ~ and that was with a mile walk! I quickly realized that I need to beef up my movement. All.day.long.

The next day, I didn’t have time to fit a walk in and I made it over 10,000. Here are some ideas Hubby and I came up to keep me moving!

Don’t Stand AroundI know it sounds dumb to start with this one, but it’s true! I would find myself standing in place waiting for a kid to get done with something, like tying his shoe, and realized that I could pace the room while I waited.

Are you in the kitchen chopping vegetables? March in place while you slice and dice.

Chatting on the phone? Walk and Talk.

Take the Stairs More Often. Usually when I’m cleaning house, I leave things on the stairs that need to go up. Now, instead of collecting a pile, I take each piece up as I find them.

If you are out and have the choice of the elevator or stairs…well you know the answer to this.

Park farther away. Are you one of those people that circles the lot until they can find the closest spot? Well no more! Park in the back of the lot. It’s nice to be away from other cars anyway.

Also, don’t leave your cart in the lot, but take it all the way back to the store.

Have fun! We went for a family hike this week. How much fun it is to walk trails? Very education for the boys and great exercise for us all. We ran into a huge alligator! Now how is that for fun?!

Even going to the mall or Target to window shop can be fun. You don’t even know you’re getting your steps in as you dream about everything you want to buy.

Ask for motivation. When I tell the boys what I’m doing, they want to do it with me. I don’t want to disappoint them at the end of the day, so they will make sure I get my steps in. Move mom, move!

Buy new shoes. Everything is better in new shoes. My new fitness shoes from Shoebuy are definitely stylish and makes me want to get outside and get walking. The support is awesome and something I needed so I’d stop complaining my feet hurt. Very important when you are walking 10,000 steps a day!

Got out my pink shirt to accent my shoes, grabbed my music, and off we go! No excuses now.

Invest in a PedometerThe Omron Fitness pedometer is so cool. It is very sophisticated and counts strides. It knows when I’m not walking. Throughout the day I can look to see where I am and pat myself on the back for how well I’ve done. If I’m short by late afternoon, around the block I go.

I’m able to upload my info online. Set goals. See calories burned. You really should get one!

Get off the Computer. I told hubby that someone needs to invent a holder for my laptop so I can walk and type at the same time. ha! As I sit here in my chair, writing this post, I realize I’ve been down for too long. I need to go find something else to do!

 

I’m proud to say I made my goal of 70,000 steps last week! It helped me lose 3 lbs on the scale. 🙂

Do you have any other ideas to add to the list? Do you think you walk enough steps in a day?

 

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