9 Easy Ways to Actually Hit 10,000 Steps a Day

Schedule your walks ahead of time.

10,000 steps is about five miles for the average person, and the normal pace is about three miles per hour.

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Hit the treadmill for some cardio.

Sometimes, a focused workout is all you need to get to your ideal step count faster. It can also make the rest of your day easier if you already have a lot going on.

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Find a walking buddy.

If you make your walk a social event, you may be more likely to stick to your pattern and even look forward to it.

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Start early in the day.

Getting your steps in early can help you hit your daily goal more likely by the end of the day. 

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Take advantage of your work breaks.

It can be very bad for your health to sit all day. In fact, the World Health Organization says that sitting too much is the top cause of death and disability around the world.

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Park farther away from your destination.

If you live in a place where driving is the main way to get around, it may be hard to fit in walks.

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Take the stairs.

Not every step is the same; some are better than others at building muscle strength and cardio stamina.

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Wear a pedometer or fitness tracker.

Using a pedometer or fitness tracker to keep track of your steps can help you hit your 10,000 step goal by making your progress more clear.

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Be accountable to others.

Wearing a fitness tracker can help you hold yourself responsible, but you can make that feeling even stronger by telling a friend about your progress.

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