9 Ways to Walk 10K Steps
If you want to get more active, walking is a great way to fit in more exercise every day. Here's how to get in 10,000 steps daily, which equates to about 5 miles of walking.
Sounds like a lot, right? These quick tips will make this goal less intimidating—and help you get those steps in.
Take smaller walks
Breaking your goal into smaller chunks can make it more manageable. Try taking three smaller walks: one in the morning, one at lunch and one in the evening.
Take a quick walk every hour
If you split 10,000 steps up over a 9-5 workday, it comes out to about 1,000 steps an hour. That’s about a half-mile walk each time.
Instead of spreading out your steps through the day, try to get them all in during one power walk.
Walk the dog
Man’s best friend can also be your best fitness partner. If you have a dog, extend your morning and evening walks to get in all your steps.
Try a fitness device
A wearable fitness tracker can help you keep count of your steps throughout the day—and monitor your progress over time. To make it easier to reach your goals, you can connect your device to the Online Health Coach.
Walk with a friend
Buddy up with a friend and go for walks together. You’ll help keep each other motivated.
Carry smaller loads and take more trips when you bring your groceries in. Or try carrying your laundry in a few batches.
Add walking to common tasks
Try switching up your routine. Are there common sedentary tasks that you could add walking to? For example, could you walk around when you’re on the phone, instead of sitting down?
Bad weather? No problem. Consider trying a walking exercise DVD—or do a few laps at a local indoor track or shopping mall.
Need an easy way to track your steps?
There are a variety of wearable fitness trackers to help you keep a tally of your daily steps. You can also connect your fitness device to our Online Health Coach, to automatically track progress against your online goals.