To ask you how the hell I'm meant to walk 10,000 steps a day?

(43 Posts)
Nombrechanger Mon 18-Feb-13 17:12:58

I am a very overweight (14 stone 6 Ibs) mother of two young boys.
I have lost just over a stone in weight but need to start exercising more as well as eating better.

I've just taken he kids out for the last 3.5 hours and walking around the entire time. I am home now and we are all tired.

I have walked around 7,000 steps - and can't physically walk the other 3,000 steps between now and bedtime.

AIBU to ask you healthy specimens how the buggering hell you do it?

lolaflores Mon 18-Feb-13 17:14:42

Not on the first go round nombre. though just thought of a bit of a cheat.
do the wee wee dance for about half an hour.
jigging on the spot with knees crossed. should wrack up about another 1 or 2

EstherRancid Mon 18-Feb-13 17:16:50

is your pedometer one that clips onto your belt? a 'step' is quite hard to register

more walking, not just moving about, will clock it up

run up and down the stairs a few times more than you have you, and instead of stretching, walk over to what you want

it can be done

diddl Mon 18-Feb-13 17:17:35

Walk everywhere!

It´s about 5miles, isn´t it-so quite a way?

Get a dog?

I walk about 4kms a day with the dog.

But that´s about it.

If I shop or go out anywhere it´s usually by bike.

Nombrechanger Mon 18-Feb-13 17:18:32

I keep mine in my pocket, Esther.

coffeeinbed Mon 18-Feb-13 17:18:37

Are you wearing the pedometer round the house?
It adds up as well.
I have no idea how many steps I do, but on a busy day I can be out walking three or four or more hours a day.

ratbagcatbag Mon 18-Feb-13 17:19:25

One night a bottle of wine and crappy reminiscent music channel got me dancing alone in the living room, I clocked up 18k of steps - obviously getting wasted every night probably won't help though.

Walk to the shop, walk onth spot whilst watching tv, smile

EstherRancid Mon 18-Feb-13 17:19:48

clip it as close to your hips as possible, if it's in your pocket it won't pick up everything you do

soverylucky Mon 18-Feb-13 17:20:11

I understand totally. When I got my pedometer I did a what I thought was a long walk and it was 7000 steps. You have to start going the long way round for everything. Walk around the house lots too. I sometimes come home from a walk and then walk round the block a couple of times before going in my house.

5madthings Mon 18-Feb-13 17:20:33

Where it all day and it adds up. My school walk is half hour each way, so two hours of walking a day and i go running jogging/walkinh three times a week.

ClayDavis Mon 18-Feb-13 17:27:55

If you're not used to walking that distance or being on your feet all day, then you will get tired initially. The more active you become, the more stamina you will build up. Have you been wearing the pedometer all day or just for the 3hrs you were out. Things like doing the housework or shopping will also count.

Try and find simple ways to build more exercise into your day. For example, if you normally drive somewhere think about whether you really need to drive or whether it's actually in walking distance or take the stairs instead of lift.

MusicalEndorphins Mon 18-Feb-13 17:53:17

Your body will get used to the walking and if you keep it up, you won't even be tired after your 5 mile walk by the summertime.
Good idea about the pedometer btw, maybe it will motivate me if I get one.

Nombrechanger Mon 18-Feb-13 17:54:49

I have only been wearing it out but don't imagine I would be racking up much indoors.

I don't have the time to walk for 5 hours a day, or is the idea to run the steps?

zoflora Mon 18-Feb-13 17:57:03

I have never had a pedometer but if 10,000 steps is really 5 miles then I'd say it is fuck all. I am a non driver and the round trip for school run is 1.5-2 miles every day. Unless the weather is foul I then walk to work and back 1 mile each way - so that is 3.5- 4 miles without noticing. The I do a job which involves being on my feet a lot.
I am not a healthy specimen at all and I am not nearly as fit as I used to be. I guess I am totally accustomed to walking as I have never relied on a car and never done other than walk miles every day.I realise that is not very helpful - just saying it can be done. I guess I'd echo what others say - build in up and if you use a car ditch it as much as possible.

Sounds like it's not picking up steps. 7000 steps in 3.5 hours suggests a speed of under a mile an hour. Most people, even dithering children or an amble around the supermarket, should do more than that.

Try clipping it to your bra?

The school run is good for building up steps, especially with diversions.

Love my Fitbit - the stats online make it very motivational!

KobayashiMaru Mon 18-Feb-13 17:58:43

its not hard. Just walk instead of driving, take stairs instead of elevators, bring kids out to play or park. Just get on with daily life.

NoelHeadbands Mon 18-Feb-13 17:59:43

Wear it from as soon as you get up, until you go to bed at night.

Honestly, I work a desk job and can manage to get 15,000 easily (admittedly with lunchtime and early evening walks).

specialsubject Mon 18-Feb-13 17:59:47

you're tired - means you are pushing yourself. Good! You are carrying a lot of weight so you get more tired, but the more you move, the fitter you get. And you'll use up the weight with healthy eating.

build it up, you'll get there. Good luck! Eating properly and moving more is the only way that works. It's not quick and it doesn't make anyone any money. :-)

GoingGoingGoth Mon 18-Feb-13 18:00:35

Wear it all the time, you'll be amazed how the steps add up during the day.

Also check it occasionally, my first pedometer was a bit dodgy, and would sometime stop counting. I'd walk into town and back and it would say 70 steps!

zoflora Mon 18-Feb-13 18:01:00

Just a thought - is there any possibility of you getting out for a walk without the kids? You may have been "walking around" for 3.5 hours - but if you had been walking with purpose at an adult's pace you should have actually exceeded your quota in that time.
I know a proper wakl is not always easy when your kids are young...

thezebrawearspurple Mon 18-Feb-13 18:04:22

Clip it onto your hip and go for a brisk walk, are your kids young enough for a buggy? I get 10000 steps in about an hour of walking, then just carry on with my day.

erowid Mon 18-Feb-13 18:10:48

I used to work in a busy pub and I wanted to find out how far I was walking in a normal 12 hour shift so I borrowed a friend's pedometer and I'd clocked up 22,000 steps shock

Probably nowhere near that figure now since I left that job, but it would be interesting to see how much it has dropped.

MrsSnow Mon 18-Feb-13 18:12:48

The only times I've managed the 10,000 steps is when I've been on my feet the whole day hence friends who work in hospitals or jobs in their feet regularly hit the 10,000.

ouryve Mon 18-Feb-13 18:16:42

I can notch up 3000 steps without even leaving the house. You'll probably have done your 10K by bedtime.

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Mon 18-Feb-13 18:17:26

Wear it all day and make sure it's clipped somewhere where it really is picking up every step, then keep going further each week. If your DCs are young and dawdly then it can be a problem to get value out of a walk, a mate of mine put on half a stone in six months once her DS stopped using his pushchair because she was walking half her normal distancd at a quarter of her normal speed.

But whatever the machine says, if you're properly physically knackered at the end of the day then that's a good sign - you'll only get fitter by pushing yourself to the edge of your limits.

Latara Mon 18-Feb-13 18:19:02

At work i'm on my feet walking round a ward for at least 7 hours a day, also i have restless legs so tend to walk round the house too. I would be interested to know how many steps i walk.

Good luck with the weight loss; 7000 steps is a good start x

Melissakitkat Mon 18-Feb-13 18:19:47

If I am under my 10,000 steps I walk up and down my living room whilst watching tv in the evening when dd is in bed. I look mad as its only 3 steps each way but can easily rack up another 5,000 steps on an evening and its better than me sitting there snacking x

orangeandlemons Mon 18-Feb-13 18:23:54

I'm a teacher, I usually clock up about 12000 a day. Am too exhausted to move when I get home though.....

acceptableinthe80s Mon 18-Feb-13 18:25:29

It's actually easier than you think. I recently downloaded a pedometer app and am managing 5 miles most days.
It really is just a case of walking everywhere. I don't quite manage the 10000 on work days despite being on my feet all day but often manage more on my days off. Ds's nursery is 0.5 miles so 2 trips a day is 2 miles, then maybe a walk to supermarket/park/library.
I also get a slightly earlier bus to work and get off 3 stops before.
I've lost 8lb in the last 6 weeks doing this with no major diet changes.

And when you are tired of walking you can lie down on the floor and watch tv while doing crunches..... The longer you stay up the more you get to watch before you lie down again.....

And when you have had enough, you turn over and start doing push ups infront of the tv.....

(Dh does this, annoys the heck out of me..... There I am with a glass of wine, enjoying some quiet viewing, and there is doing crunches for an hour.... hmm )

MewlingQuim Mon 18-Feb-13 18:37:10

Well I walk to work and back (3 miles each way) then I walk the dog (2 miles) so that's about 8 miles a day. Thats not even counting walking about at work (I work in a hospital) and at home (chasing a toddler).

Don't drive, it saves a fortune in petrol/diesel too, I fill the car once every 3 months or so.

Walking is the only exercise I do since I got pregnant with DD, and I am now a stone lighter than when I conceived her.

lozster Mon 18-Feb-13 19:07:04

I did a corporate challenge where you logged your step total for flippin weeks. Colleagues doing the same job would claim to have notched up 5000 by 9.00am as they 'nipped out with the dog and ran around after the kids'. I would go for a walk at lunch then go to the gym and run 5k and I still couldn't get to 10000! It drove me nuts and I just had to conclude it wasn't accurate!

OddBoots Mon 18-Feb-13 19:09:36

Was that 3.5hours walking at the pace of your young boys? I don't get nearly as many steps when walking with small children as they are so slow!

acceptableinthe80s Mon 18-Feb-13 19:23:22

Yeah, childs pace is no good. I started putting on weight after going from pushing a buggy at a decent pace to walking with a toddler!
Get them on scooters/bikes as soon as you can. I have to practically jog to keep up with ds now.

Lovelygoldboots Mon 18-Feb-13 20:25:50

I was the same weight as you last year. I am now 12st 10lbs. It's taken me about six months. I stopped drinking alcohol completely (easier than I thought it would be) and cut out eating between meals. I was always pretty active and even when I was over fourteen stone could cycle ten miles in an hour. I think many large people are fit. I cut out drinking and sugary snacks because I was worried about diabetes. You will find as you lose weight exercise becomes easier and easier. Keep going but try something else. Cycling really works for me, swimming as well. Get your heart going and your endurance will improve.

HollaAtMeBaby Mon 18-Feb-13 20:59:10

10,000 steps really isn't that much. If your stride is 18 inches, you need to cover 180,000 inches in a day. That's just over 3 miles, roughly 45 minutes - 1 hour of walking depending on speed.

How old are your boys?

squeakytoy Mon 18-Feb-13 21:02:11

If you have a wii and the wi fit, you can do steps on that.. I put a block of wood under the balance board to make it a bit higher.

You need to have it on all the time.

I have fitbit and most morning between getting up at 7am and taking the kids to school at 8.30am I walk 1000 steps just wandering backwards and forwards around the house. I go up and downstairs and average of 20 times a day.

I have had a very quite day today as dc are on half term and I have still done over 6000 steps just around the house.

ToomuchWaternotWine Tue 19-Feb-13 03:31:39

You need to wear it ALL the time properly, it won't register in your pocket!! It needs to be clipped as closely as possible to your hip joint to pick up the "swing" movement and register a step. I have done 2500 steps tonight between tea and my bedtime just moving around the house, up and down stairs to put washing away etc, so it certainly is possible!

You may need to get a new one? Get yourself the best pedometer you can afford. I got a cheapie (freebie from a friend) to start with and was very downhearted at the number it said. Got a much better one for Xmas and now I know I am doing well over 10,000!! I walk my dog twice a day and walk Ds to school and back also.

havingamadmoment Tue 19-Feb-13 04:59:12

I have one of those ones that has an app so you see the results over time. My average is about 12000 - 14000 on school days. It's a 30 minute walk to the school so that's 2 hours walking a day plus wandering about the house adds around 3000 ( which is my total on weekends if I don't go out!). I'm not sure how you were walking so long taking few steps unless you were wandering hitch involves standing still. Walking with a purpose (to get somewhere specific ) is probably easier to build it up can u wall to school/ work or to he bus rather than using a car or walk to the shops. Just lov

Montybojangles Tue 19-Feb-13 06:36:48

Look up Leslie sansone on YouTube. Will get you on your way.

NewAtThisMalarky Tue 19-Feb-13 06:45:35

I work in a sedentary job, and my tally for a normal day is usually 3500 to 4000 steps.

To get a fair tally, wear it all day - you might surprise yourself.

I wore one to work one night (I'm a nurse) and I did 20,000 steps

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