Since purchasing my Fitbit Flex on June 12, 2016 and setting my step goal to 10,000 per day, I have yet to miss a day of reaching this goal.
Why 10,000? Fitbit recommends this as a step goal, as do many others, because it equals about 30 minutes of physical exercise each day. And as someone who isn’t super into working out (I am generally active but don’t go to the gym, unless you count the treadmill in my basement) I thought this would be a good thing to stride for.
Why It Was Easy:
- I walk 15 minutes to and from work each day
- My cubicle is on the opposite side of a huge building from my co-workers, the photocopier, and the mail room (#SummerStudentProblems), meaning I have many opportunities to walk
- My workplace encourages people to get up and move around throughout the day, so it is not uncommon to see people taking laps around the building at lunch or break times
- I often take my dog on walks after work
- We have a treadmill for rainy days
- While I hate running, I actually don’t mind walking, especially when the weather is nice
Times It Was Hard:
- Lazy weekends when I had no where to be so I was at 2,000 steps at 5pm (Solved by taking the dog for a long evening walk)
- Bad weather
- Days I got a ride to work and had to make up these steps somewhere else
- Travel days/sitting days (I would go for a walk in the morning to make up for stationary periods later on such as driving to the cottage)
- For me, taking 10,000 steps per day is not too difficult (There were days where I would hit 10k before leaving work)
- Having a goal and a Fitbit to remind me of that goal were very motivating for the lazier days
- Walks can be made more interesting by playing Pokémon Go (not even joking)
- Taking more steps didn’t necessarily make me feel any better on a daily basis, but I wasn’t going from a completely stationary lifestyle so this may be different for others
I’m hoping that I will be able to keep up this goal in the new school year, when my days won’t be as routine as they currently are. That will be a whole new challenge! I encourage you to try to fit in a few extra steps in your day and see if/how it changes your life!