Want to take more steps in your daily life? Check out these tips that will help you to be fitter.
I am a fitness fanatic. I walk at least 10,000 steps every single day. Rain or shine, heat or snow I do not miss.
Walking for health has become such a habit that I am totally addicted to it.
I wasn’t always this dedicated. For years I knew that I needed to get more exercise, but I was inconsistent or I would be stopped by bad weather.
Two years ago I was looking through our vacation photos and I was unhappy that I looked so frumpy. Less thrilling was my overall health.
It was time to do something about it.
I dedicated myself to getting 60 minutes of exercise a day.
I knew that I was going to be successful with my goal that I needed to do exercise that came easily to me. That meant walking and biking.
Once I committed to this I started feeling and looking better.
Walking for Health
Last December I got a fitness tracker. I quickly realized that 60 minutes of exercise didn’t quite reach the recommended 10,000 steps per day.
I really stepped up my game and my overall fitness level has drastically increased.
Currently, I average over 13,000 steps and 88 active minutes per day.
My dedication has paid off and I am in the best shape of my adult life. I look good, I feel good, and I am full of energy!
I’m very proud of my hard work.
I have inspired many friends and family to get moving. Some have stuck with it and have faced the same success that I have.
Others have been challenged with time and distractions. Here are the tips I share with them for getting 10,000 steps per day.
Tips for Getting 10,000 Steps
Track Your Steps – You don’t need a fancy fitness tracker. There are many free apps on smartphones that will track your steps.
You can also buy a regular pedometer for under $10.
Once you start tracking you will get an idea of how many steps you do get and how much you need to increase your activity.
Break Up Your Steps – From my graph above, I calculated that I get approximately 150 steps per minute. That means I need 66 active minutes to reach 10,000 steps. I rarely exercise 60+ minutes in a row.
There are days that I don’t have any solid blocks of time available, such as when we are traveling, so I will power walk for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. I will do a fast pace back and forth at rest areas, gas stations, or airports when traveling.
Need a break from your desk? Get up and take a mini walk or walk up and down some stairs.
Get Steps While Waiting – I’m busy driving my kids to practice and appointments. That means that I have to wait.
Instead of sitting, I walk. I will walk around the perimeter of a playground or practice field while my kids are playing.
Walk with Your Family – Spend time with your family and get fit together.
This is easy and fun and has more benefits than physical health.
Increase your Fluids
Many people do not drink enough water.
Active adults need even more water.
I use my fitness app to keep track of my daily water intake.
What are your tips for keeping fit and healthy?