10,000 Steps Per Day: A Worthy Fitness Goal For You

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As you make your list of things to buy for your new fitness goals, add a pedometer to that list so you can track the number of steps you walk each day. Increasing your steps is an easy way to burn calories and improve your health. An eventual goal of 10,000 steps per day is an excellent target to focus on, even if that seems insurmountable at the moment. You can build up to it gradually.

About Pedometers

Pedometers are available at sports stores in many styles. A very basic mechanical pedometer simply counts your steps, while digital models have a variety of features. Some digital pedometers can be calibrated for the length of your stride so you can accurately determine how many miles you're walking. Ten thousand steps typically is about five miles.

10,000 Steps

Remember that you're taking steps throughout the day; each one counts toward your goal.

Attach your pedometer to your belt, waistband or a pocket on your pants before you begin your normal daily routine. At the end of the day, you'll see how many steps you typically take in an average day. This will include actions such as walking:

Gradual Increases

If your lifestyle has been sedentary, you might be starting with 2,000 to 3,000 steps per day. Fitness experts consider any number below 5,000 steps per day as sedentary.

Add a certain number of steps per day and increase the number on a daily or weekly basis. You might start with an extra 500 or 1,000 steps as a walk before or after work, for example, or as a walk during your lunch break. 

You also can sneak in extra steps throughout the day. You might:

Reaching Your Goal

Within a month or two, you'll be at your goal of 10,000 steps per day. You'll have reached that goal by incorporating various strategies, including taking walks and simply being more active throughout the day. Taking 10,000 steps now comes easily and naturally to you, and you wonder how you ever thought it would be difficult. You can definitely consider yourself an active person!