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10,000 steps every day - anyone with me?

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JustABigBearAlan Thu 31-Dec-15 16:04:28

Have decided -as part of my 'new year, new me' mission- that I'm going to ensure I do at least 10,000 steps every day without fail.

I got a fitbit a few months ago and love it. Up to now I've mainly been monitoring it in a mildly interested way though, rather than really making an effort to increase what I normally do blush

Some days I do the 10,000 steps no problem, but not every day, so am determined to do extra to make sure I do. I'm also aiming to run 3x a week and improve my diet.

Anyone with me on the steps?

DoreenLethal Thu 31-Dec-15 16:11:59

I've been doing this since I got mine mid December. The only three days I didn't manage it were C.Eve/C.Day/B.Day/Sunday as the weather was so shite or we had family to visit in the car - but I've managed it every day otherwise.
I can happily announce that doing an hour's digging at the allotment creates a massive chunk in both Active Minutes and steps; so my allotment has been getting weeded more than ever this holiday.

We have a treadmill, and 20 mins on that gives me 2500 steps.

Lobatri Thu 31-Dec-15 16:18:08

I liked doing 10,000 a day but could not continue to find the time everysingle day. Any tips? How long does it take you? Am I just too slow?

WhoKn0wsWhereTheMistletoes Thu 31-Dec-15 16:25:44

I started this time last year with a Fitbit, I found it no problem in term time as I walk the DCs to school, sports centre etc plus allotment for me too, but it's much harder for me in the school holidays especially in winter when we're more inclined to drive. I lost my charger for a couple of weeks, found it yesterday and would like to start again now. Done 7000 today but it's dark and lashing down now so unlikely to make 10k now.

antimatter Thu 31-Dec-15 16:29:06

It took me changing my job (stopped driving to work and now walk to and from the station at both ends) to be able to easily do 15K a day but then it is a bit of struggle to keep it at the same level weekend.

Over all neraly a year to get to 10K a day - I have dog and know now how many step certain walks are.
So if I am determined then I can add extra 10 min for 1K steps of a fairy brisk walk.

I signed for Walk the Walk this time last year and on 16/05 walked a full marathon overnight. That required prep training and if you can sign up with a friend for such challenge (even half-marathon will require preparation) then do.

JustABigBearAlan Thu 31-Dec-15 20:10:35

Wow, the walk for walk sounds impressive, antimatter.

I find school days not so bad, as the walk backwards and forwards helps, but the rest of the day I spend working at a computer, so fairly sedentary. My previous job meant I was much more active, so now I'm having to think about it more, since I changed jobs.

Weirdly I find I can get quite a few steps just doing housework whereas days spent at the park with the dc don't seem to produce many, even though we can be out for hours and I'm exhausted when I get home!

I think my problem is that young dc just don't walk very fast, so we don't really cover the miles.

Am determined to be more active in 2016, even if it means running up and down the stairs before bed to hit my target smile

slightlyglitterpaned Thu 31-Dec-15 20:22:28

Just checked my phone app, & looks like I haven't managed 10k steps since Dec 16th!

I also spend the day in front of the computer - it does make a difference (and helps me stay more alert) to take a walk every hour or so, even if it's only to the kitchen for a glass of water, or popping round to someone's desk. Plus small things like using the toilet on the next floor up/down and always taking the stairs all add up.

Sansoora Thu 31-Dec-15 20:27:47

I liked doing 10,000 a day but could not continue to find the time everysingle day. Any tips? How long does it take you? Am I just too slow?

I worked this out today at the gym and 80 mins of walking should cover it. And just for good measure I googled it and it came up with roughly the same - just as an posts above suggests as well.

Wolfiefan Thu 31-Dec-15 20:33:08

I'm hoping to start this with my new Fitbit in the New Year. (Probably not till the kids go back though.)

chipsandpeas Thu 31-Dec-15 20:46:46

rather than 10k per day im aiming for 70k per week

some days i will do more, and some days (mainly sat and sun) i will prob do less so try to even it out that way

WhoKn0wsWhereTheMistletoes Thu 31-Dec-15 20:56:42

I found last time that setting myself a daily target for Active Minutes as well as total steps encouraged me to speed up, I'm naturally a stroller and want to increase my pace.

slightlyglitterpaned Sat 02-Jan-16 00:13:33

Erm, that was a good start (not). 5652 steps. Would have been less but spent 20 mins running in circles round living room with DS.

Wolfiefan Sat 02-Jan-16 00:14:42

I managed 10,000 today! Just. Did a 5k walk. May also have danced like a loon round the living room for a bit! blush

Helenluvsrob Sat 02-Jan-16 00:15:27

Clocking in for this challenge.

antimatter Sat 02-Jan-16 00:25:54

This is Walk the Walk in London on 14/05
www.walkthewalk.org/Challenges/TheMoonWalkLondon

signing up for challenge like this would force motivate you grin fgrin

Wolfiefan Sat 02-Jan-16 00:30:57

I would love to do the moonwalk. I fear it's beyond me. (And I'm a coward who wouldn't do it alone!)

JustABigBearAlan Sat 02-Jan-16 08:55:30

Well done Wolfie

I had a disastrous first day as something went wrong with my fitbit! Not sure why but it completely stopped working. We were out all day so there was nothing I could do about it. When I got home I managed to reset it but by then it was late and it failed to record any steps I'd done sad

Never had this problem before , so I just hope it works today.

Like the look of the Moonwalk. London's a bit far for us, do they do other ones round the country?

Hoping day 2 is a bit more successful.

colleysmill Sat 02-Jan-16 09:12:38

Some days the only way I can get to 10k is by jogging up and down in the spot - I call this bobbing. I tend to do this in the adverts breaks if it's evening.

You could call this cheating but sometimes needs must! I had been using a standard pedometer but also got a fitbit for Christmas and its a bit addictive. I do find I have do more than 10k to hit the calories burnt goal though - nearer 13 -14k with stepping alone

OnlyTheDepthVaries Sat 02-Jan-16 09:22:56

I've had a fitbit since August and have managed 10K steps every day except three! Non work days are easy - dog walk before breakfast (6k) then housework, shopping etc. Work days are awful - especially in the winter. I park the car further away, run up and down stairs every hour if poss, and go to the gym at lunchtime for a walk on the treadmill. Too dark when i get home for decent dog walk...so often I am struggling to get to 10k. My top tip is to put fitbit in my sock and use exercise bike whilst watching tv in evening. Feels a bit like wearing a tag - but allows me to relate to the criminal fraternity !!!
So far the fitbit is the only thing that has ever motivated me to get up and move. I love it!

Helenluvsrob Sat 02-Jan-16 17:37:22

Right team. You've motivated me,only 6k today so going for a brisk walk in the cold and wet. Wish me luck !

antimatter Sat 02-Jan-16 18:10:45

Wolfiefan - you can do half marathon as well.

Helenluvsrob Sat 02-Jan-16 19:38:04

10k steps done. Not necessarily all as healthy as is should be as I was lead past the coop bargain section and we are having baked Camembert for tea now!

Perfectlypurple Sat 02-Jan-16 19:53:31

I manage 10k nearly every day. I will go out for a walk for half and hour or more to make sure I do it. I am off work next week and doing a challenge with a friend. I am aiming for 15k a day at least while I am off work. I may even start a bit of interval running too.

DoreenLethal Sat 02-Jan-16 19:56:45

I have just done my first ever outdoor run! Started to the alley and back twice. Ran half of it first time then 3/4 of it the second. Then, did a walk around the block [0.92 miles] and ran most of it. Wahoo!

Never ever done this before. I used to cheat when we were sent out on a cross country 35-40 years ago.

So chuffed. 2 months ago I could hardly run across the road with all my injuries and issues...

FreshHorizons Sat 02-Jan-16 19:57:05

I managed it last year but I did it on average.

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