10,000 steps a day: 700 consecutive days

  • The cornerstone of my health and fitness system is to take at least 10,000 steps a day. That’s about 5 miles.
  • Walking and running both contribute to my steps.
  • I track with my Fitbit One:

  • I do my best to exclude false steps. For example, if I wear my Fitbit on a 20 mile bike ride, it will add 1000 steps. I will either not wear my Fitbit or I will increase my step count for the day (11,000 in my bike ride example).
  • As a baseline, before I started this journey, I was stepping 2000 to 5000 steps a day. I now take at least 10,000 steps a day. I don’t try for more (certainly I do more). Why? (1) 10,000 steps seem like enough. Why? It is meant to be a base (fitness). I do other things for enhanced fitness (lift weights and Triathlon training). (2) I find the process of “getting more” each day anxiety inducing.
  • Is 10,000 steps a day enough? It depends on your goals and where you are at in your health and fitness journey. For example, if you are just starting and overweight, 5000 steps a day might be a great start. If you are older and decent shape, 10,000 steps a day with some moderate weight training might do the trick.
    • A lot of folks will hold off starting or not get started at all trying to find the right goal. Forget that. Make up a goal and get moving. Then adjust based on what your body is telling you.
  • Yesterday, I reached 700 consecutive days of 10,000 steps a day. 

  • My wife is on the same program. She’s reached 500+ consecutive days of 10,000 steps a day.
  • One of the surprising benefits of Tweeting is the number of folks who have taken on the same challenge. In recent weeks, a number of folks have let me know that they’ve reached 30 days, 100 days, 200 days and 1 year. Cool stuff!

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