6,449 That’s how many steps I’m on so far today and it’s 2.15pm as I write this so I’m pretty confident that I’ll achieve my 10,000 steps today.
The NHS recommend 10,000 steps a day for good health
The NHS have a fantastic 10,000 steps a day challenge and many health organizations also recommend 10,000 steps to be healthy and lose weight.
From inactive to 10,000 steps
If you’ve been following my blog, then you’ll know that walking has become a daily part of my life now for a few months. I really got serious about tackling my weight in January 2015, which is when I started to increase how much I walked. I can tell you it wasn’t 10,000 steps or anywhere close for the first month or so. In fact, I’d be surprised if I topped 1,000 steps some days pre 2015.
The pedometer nightmare
Years ago I had a brilliant little pedometer. It was free with a certain type of cereal and it worked brilliantly for years (I’m going back about 20 years I think).
Then one day it didn’t work. In the last 6 months, I’ve bought, yelled at and stamped on 3 pedometers. Not impressed.
Now I’ll admit my mobile phone is not the most exciting or expensive. It does what I want it to do and I’m fine with that, but one thing I have noticed since experimenting with pedometer apps is that they drain the battery of my phone really quickly, presumably because it’s constantly running.
Two apps that I’ve tried and like are Pacer and another one just called pedometer (I can’t find a link for it)
Both seem fairly accurate for counting steps.
How many steps to…
Okay, I wanted to give you a few examples of how many steps I add to my step count doing a few different things.
- Get up from the computer in my dining room, go upstairs to the bathroom, back downstairs and into the kitchen to make a drink, back to the computer whilst my tea is brewing, back to the kitchen and back to my computer. Approx 185 steps and I live in a small house.
- Going out my back door and getting the washing in off the line and bringing in it. Approx 300 Steps.
- Up and down the stair 5 times. Aprrox 50 steps (not so many but worth it and it really adds up throughout the day)
- 5-minute walk with a quick stop to feed the ducks pretty much 500 steps
You can see how just short bursts of exercise soon add up can’t you?
By the time I’ve got up, had breakfast and done my approx 30-minute morning walk, I’m usually on about 4000 steps by 8am, so that’s a good start for me.
I just have to make sure I’m getting up from the computer and moving about regularly during the day whilst I’m working.
So as I finish off this blog post, I’m on 7,652, I’ve got to do some housework jobs, cook a meal, let the dog out at least 10 times between now and bedtime, go to PC World, carry (hopefully) new computer up the stairs and help (sort of) set it up for my son and do the normal getting ready for the next day jobs. So I am pretty sure I’ll be over my 10, 000 steps by the end of the day.
What I do if I think I’m not going to reach my 10,000 steps goal
- Pretty much act like a crazy woman walking to every corner of the house, over and over again.
- Dancing in the kitchen, dining room… anywhere.
- Up and down the stairs some more.
- If it’s not too late, take the dog for an extra walk.
- Search the house for rubbish to take to the bin.
- Hoover, dust, cobweb.
- Run on the spot
It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. Or how crazy you become 😉
So that’s me. Do you have a daily step count you aim for? It doesn’t have to be 10,000 steps. I was happy with 3,000 a day a little while ago. Any extra activity is better for you.
Tip: Start out by monitoring how many steps you are doing in a normal day. Then add 1,000. Keep doing that and adding and extra 500 -1000- every few days until you get up to the recommended 10,000 steps a day or more.
Let me know if you’re monitoring your daily steps below and if you’ve found a pedometer that I may not have to yell at 🙂
It’s 23.04 and this is how I’m finishing the day off.
Not bad at all seeing as we spent about 2 hours + in PC World and 2 hours in the car today.