Walking 10,000 Steps per Day

As Kathleen and I continued our fitness journey, I ran across the 10,000 steps a day challenge, so I decided to try it. The challenge is walking 10,000 steps per day, whether outside or on a treadmill, whatever the weather. The focus of the challenge isn’t on speed or pace but on moving your body and getting some daily exercise. I have set the length of time as 30 days. 

First, I wanted to know how far the 10,000 steps were; it turns out it is about 5 miles, depending on your stride. Most people walk with a stride length of approximately 2.1 to 2.5 feet, so it would take more than 2,000 steps before they reach a mile. I am tall and have a long stride, so I can walk as fast as a shorter person can run. 

Walking Shoes, drinking bottle, pedometer

I started by buying a tracker to count my steps. But if you’re not ready to invest in one, you can pick up a pedometer relatively cheaply. I also purchased a pair of walking shoes and a comfortable walking outfit. But you can start with anything you already have as long as it is comfortable. 

I then came up with some ways to increase my steps during the day.

  1. Parking car out further in a parking lot.
  2. Walking through a grocery store instead of doing a pickup. 
  3. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  4. Walk as you talk on the phone.
  5. Take groceries in one bag at a time. 
  6. Walk in place as you watch TV or during commercials. 
  7. Walk while you wait on an appointment.
  8. Set an alarm to get up and move. 
  9. Find a new place to explore: a park, hiking trail, or museum. 
  10. Buy a good pair of running shoes to help motivate you. 

The Benefits of Walking

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