Are you getting 10,000 steps per day? Maybe you shouldn’t.

10,000 steps per day. There is no doubt in my mind that if you are reading this, you have already heard about the 10,000 step per day ‘goal’. You know the one. Most people who have new pedometers (FitBit, Jawbone, Garmin, ETC…) seem to start out with a goal of 10,000 steps per day.
But does this make sense? Maybe it does for some, but certainly not for the masses. Arbitrarily setting a daily step goal of 10,000 steps is a set-up for failure and disappointment.
Lemme ‘splain…
If you are only taking 5,000 steps/day NOW, and suddenly try to get 10,000 steps, you have to DOUBLE your current activity to reach that goal. EVERY SINGLE DAY. is that sustainable in the mid-long term? Probably not.
Here’s my suggestion, which I also go over in the FB Live video embedded at the end of this blogpost. Wear your device for a week without adding anything to your routine that will boost your step count. After a week, tally up your TOTAL steps, then divide by 7 (or the number of days you totalled). This will give you your AVERAGE daily steps (who said jr. high math was useless??).
Once you have your average, add 10% (here we go again with the jr high math!) to get your new goal. Huh? Here:
5,000 steps x 10% is 500 steps. 5000+500=5500. BOOM.
So…for the next week or so, set your GOAL for 5,500 steps, not 10,000 steps. This 10% increase is typically achieveable, and will be the first dominoe that you can knock over on your way to a bigger goal.
Once you’ve consistently (or very nearly) hit your 10% goal, go ahead and add another 10% increase. Will you ever reach 10,000 steps? Maybe. Maybe not. The whole point is to be doing MORE than you are doing now. And then do more than that.
But a LITTLE AT A TIME is much more sustainable than just shooting for 10,000 steps per day just because you read it in a magazine (e-zine. Whatevs.). To find out a little about where the 10,000 steps originated, watch my happy little video.
Where are YOUR step goals? Are you tracking? What’s stopping you, if you aren’t?
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