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Friday, October 20, 2017

10,000 steps – how are YOU doing this is how WE are doing

Posted by steve on March 29, 2005

Jane from out network posts this report on her first few months with 10,000 steps a day. Hope it inspires you too!

Experiences from starting a 10,000 step a day routine.

Yep, its true walking more does make me feel good. It has very low “barriers to entry” for getting into good exercise habits.

I have encountered a few issues, 10,000 steps takes quite a lot of time, which needs to be planned into my day. Leaving kids at school and walking 2 metro stops makes 6,000 steps before ! Then lunch time I need to either have an exercise session or find a lunch restaurant a bit further away than the handiest one. I have sometimes had to prioritize exercise over eating and then eat at my desk.

I bought 2 pedometers and gave one to my partner; in the beginning we sent an SMS to each other when we had made 10,000; I find the competitive element fun. Some days I have forgotten my pedometer and I have to use my own judgement to approximate. To help I have made a simple spreadsheet where I put in the number of steps (about 20 days out of 30 per month; no-one is perfect!) and then I can take an average more easily. I have also found and adapted a conversion table so that I can include other activities such as swimming and aerobics in my step counting.

As I am already relatively fit and my weight has remained stable. The benefits for me are that I sleep better which has led to more energy and better mental balance during the day. I really recommend walking and aiming for 10,000 steps a day as part of a healthy lifestyle.

I would like to loose about 4 kilos (half a stone) so for the next 3 months I am going to increase the amount of “other” exercise I do and aim for at least 10,000 steps every day. More on my progress in the future.

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