I once heard or read somewhere that to stay fit, a person should make about ten thousand steps a day. I thought it makes sense since it seemed like awfully a lot to me. But I doubted that I was meeting that requirement myself.
About a year ago, I received a free pedometer from my husband’s company that has a special health incentive program, and since then I’ve been wearing it every day. What is more, now it is my daily goal to walk ten thousand steps. And surprisingly I meet this goal most of the days without any extra sweat!
Here is how I do it:
I get 5,000 to 7,000 steps just by doing daily activities and house chores such as:
doing laundry (I hang it on a cloth line to dry)
picking up misplaced items and toys around my home
gardening, swiping walks, and watering outdoor plants in summer (I water with a bucket, not a hose)
washing my car
I get another 2,000 to 3,000 steps by playing with my children in the front/back yard or in our local park.
I also made it a part of my daily routine to take a short evening walk (15-30 minutes), which provides me with additional 1,000 to 3,000 steps.
It is easier to walk 10,000 steps a day during spring and summer months as the days are longer and I spend more time outdoors.
To get a bit of extra exercise during the short and rainy winter days, I exercise on my indoor bike. For a bonus, I read while pedaling.
Do you have a pedometer and keep track of your steps? Do you think you make 10K steps a day? How do you do it?