Before I started walking 10000 steps a day, I wasn’t exactly sure what 10000 steps actually felt like or how far I’d have to go, or how tedious the whole process would be. I couldn’t really conceptualize any of it in my head. But I’ve come to learn from experience when I started doing my daily 10000 step walks, that it’s approximately 90 minutes of walking. At least for me it is.
You may be asking yourself how to walk 10000 steps a day, especially if you don’t do much more than walk around your house and you drive to most places to run errands. I mean, really that’s how my own life was before I started walking every day. I learned the power of it from a workout and nutrition plan I now follow.
A little bit of information that may inspire you to walk 10000 steps daily is the fact that it burns approximately 400 – 500 calories each time you do it. That’s an estimate. If you want an exact number for yourself, you can do a calculation right here. I’ve personally gotten into better shape just walking each day than I ever did doing insane cardio workouts.
Equip Yourself With The Right Tools
It really is easier than it may sound, and there are some things I have learned to incorporate into my days in order to make the whole process a lot simpler and doable. One of those tools is my Bose sunglasses that let me listen to audio books while I walk. I don’t think I’ve ever felt cooler than I did when I got these shades! But this article isn’t about that!
My point is that having access to music or audio is going to make the walk fly by much faster, so I strongly suggest taking a pair of headphones with you (or Bose sunglasses :)). I can’t tell you how many audiobooks I’ve gone through in just a month because of my walking. I feel like I’m feeding my brain with positive information while getting exercise at the same time.
I guess it’s stating the obvious suggesting you take headphones with you on your walks, but I’m just mentioning it, cause walking is much more phone when you can immerse yourself inside a world of sound or music.
If you don’t already have a Fit Bit, then make sure you have MyNetDiary or MyFitnessPal installed on your phone. I carry my phone with me, and personally, I use MyNetDiary, which is an app that tracks all my steps throughout the day. I also attribute this app for helping me properly track my food intake, which has helped me get into shape.
Break It Up Into Chunks
I wouldn’t be able to do the 10000 steps each day if I didn’t break it up into chunks. When I wake up each morning, I go for a walk that lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. When I get back home, I check my MyNetDiary app, and I see that I’ve walked about 5000 – 6000 steps.
So, later in the day, I go for another walk that lasts about 30 minutes or so, which gives me another 2000 – 3000 steps. That could even be broken down into two really short 15 minute walks later in the day. It really doesn’t matter how you break it up, but I do suggest breaking it up if you don’t want to pack the entire 10000 steps into one very long walk.
Walking Around The House Counts
Every step you take counts towards those 10000 steps. This includes walking through your house, heading outside to get the mail, or going to the car to pick up something you forgot in there. Every single step you take counts towards those 10000 steps.
You’d be surprised how many steps you’re actually taking every day without even realizing it. I’ve come to notice that even on my laziest of days, I still get anywhere between 1500 – 2000 steps into my day just from normal activity.
Get Creative With Your Walks
This is the fun part. I treat each walk like an adventure. I live in Chicago and I’ve been exploring so many different areas of the city just on my walks. I walk down streets I haven’t really explored, and head in directions I don’t really know.
Aside from that, I’ve started using my walks to replace my car for various activities. It’s funny when you start to realize little things like the grocery store I always drive to is actually only a 10 minute walk from me. And if I walk there to grab milk, and then walk back home, I’ve walked a full mile to pick up an item I needed. I’ve started bringing my backpack with me just in case I decide to pick up more than milk. But that simple walk to the grocery store and back home is about 2,000 steps.
I started to run many of my errands with walks instead of car drives. I walk to my pharmacy to pick up my prescription. I take my dog on a longer walk than we usually go on to get him more exercise. But he seriously is a pain in the butt on walks, especially when they’re long ones.
Now here’s something you might think is kinda crazy, but I started thinking about this, cause the weather in Chicago gets really cold in the winter! How am I gonna walk these 10000 steps during the freezing cold? Side note – did you know you burn more calories walking in the cold than you do on a hot summer day? It makes it easier to lose body fat just by walking when the weather is colder.
Well, it was raining a few days ago and pretty cold, but not terrible. I did a few walks through my grocery store when the weather was really crappy, no joke! I’d get about 1000 – 2000 steps in there pretty easily too. I know that may sound kind of crazy, but I’m a strange bird.
It’s funny, cause I did the math, and thought, okay, each aisle is 50 steps. There are 10 aisles. So I can just walk up and down each aisle twice to get an easy 1000 steps. I don’t mind walking past delicious pastries in the bakery, ice cream, frozen pizzas, cough medicine, and more!
Walking 10000 Steps Is Fun & Simple
I didn’t really get into this in the article, but I’ve gotten into way better shape by walking through my neighborhood (or the grocery store!), running errands by foot with ease, than I ever did by completing insane cardio workouts.
It’s really been baffling to me, because I never would have thought of just walking as something that could truly burn fat effectively. Before I started walking 10000 steps daily, I weighed 153lbs. After 3 months of doing this, I weighed 141lbs. This is combined with a very simple eating and workout plan which also allows you room to eat whatever you want.
Hope you enjoyed this read. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to read them, so please leave them below! Thank you.