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How to Start Walking 10,000 Steps a Day

Walking 10,000 steps each day is one of the simplest and most natural ways to get healthy. And it’s also a great way to de-stress. But there are many reasons why so many people don’t walk as much as they should, including forgetting how good it feels, not having enough time, or even believing that walking isn’t all that important for health.

However, science says otherwise. In fact, according to research, walking approximately 10,000 steps a day can have some significant health benefits, including weight loss, improved heart health, and reduced stress levels. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Set a Goal

It’s essential to have a specific goal in mind when trying to increase your step count. Ten thousand steps may seem like a lot, but it’s not that difficult to achieve if you break it down into smaller goals. For example, you could aim to walk 1,000 steps more each day until you reach 10,000.

Also, although 10,000 steps is a popular goal, it’s not the only number that matters when walking for health. For people over 60, even walking 6-8 thousand steps per day can be beneficial. So don’t feel like you have to strive for 10,000 if it’s difficult for you – aim to gradually increase your daily step count until you find a comfortable and sustainable number.

Find a Walking Buddy

Walking with a friend or family member is a great way to stay motivated and on track with your step goals. Of course, you will have someone to chat with, but you’ll also be more likely to stick with your walking routine if you have someone to hold you accountable.

According to Brett Larkin, Founder and CEO of Uplifted Yoga, “One of the best ways to commit to any health program is to find a buddy. Humans are social animals, and we’re much more likely to stick with a new habit if we have someone to do it with.”

Create a Walking Schedule

One of the best ways to ensure you’re getting in your steps is to create a walking schedule and stick to it. So whether you decide to walk first thing in the morning, on your lunch break, or in the evening after work, put it in your calendar and commit to it. Remember that every step counts!

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Invest in a Good Pair of Shoes

It’s essential to have a good pair of shoes when walking, especially if you’re doing it regularly. Look for a pair that’s comfortable and provides support so you minimize the risk of foot injuries. And don’t forget to change your shoes often – they should last about 400-500 miles before they need to be replaced.

Get a Pedometer

A pedometer is a great way to track your steps and see how much you walk each day. There are many different types of pedometers available, from simple clip-on models to more advanced fitness trackers. If you’re starting, look for a pedometer that’s easy to use and doesn’t require any particular setup.

Start Slow

If you’re not used to walking, it’s essential to start slow and gradually increase your distance and pace. Walking is low-impact, but if you do too much too soon, you could have an injury. Start with shorter walks and gradually build up to longer ones. And if you start to feel pain or discomfort, take a break and rest for a few days before starting again.

Listen to Music or Podcasts

Listening to music or podcasts while you walk can help pass the time and make the experience more enjoyable. If you’re listening to music, make sure you choose upbeat and motivating tunes. And if you’re listening to a podcast, look for one that’s interesting and engaging.

Jefit Can Track Your Walking Workout

Jefit is a strength training planning & tracking platform that can help you stay on track with your 10,000 steps a day goal. With Jefit, you can log your walks, set goals, and track your progress over time. And if you’re looking for a walking buddy, Jefit’s community of millions of users can help you find someone who lives near you.

Michael Wood, CSCS

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