10,000 steps a day!

So long time readers of my blog know that I love a good random challenge. I’ve done my 30 day yoga challenges, my mile a day running challenges and last December I attempted to walk 12,000 steps every day (not in an easy feat in our super cold winter climate!)

So for June, I set the goal to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps every single day. Come the end of June I decided to carry my challenge on through July. Then August 1 rolled around and I figured why not keep going! So here I am on September 1 and from June 1 – August 31 I have managed to walk 10,000+ steps every single day (I track this using my Fit Bit Alta).

I am pretty proud of this accomplishment, especially with being pregnant. The last week of this challenge has honestly been the hardest as I approach 30 weeks of pregnancy and just in general starting to feel more uncomfortable and find myself having to slow down or I get round ligament pain.

Also 10,000 steps is just enough steps that I do feel like I have to put in the extra effort to reach them, especially with having a desk job, but it’s not a stretch like 12,000 steps was. To reach my 10,000 steps I had to go for at least one longer, and often two shorter, walks with Chloe each day and also make the effort to walk around the office regularly during the day. Luckily I am a pretty active person in general and don’t tend to just sit on the couch after a day at work. I’m more likely to be puttering around the house, kitchen or yard and just generally moving which also helps to get more steps in.

I thought about continuing this challenge right until I have the baby BUT with how difficult it has been to hit my 10,000 steps every day for the last week I think it’s time to take this ‘expectation’ off myself. In September, I am still planning on tracking how many days I hit the 10k steps through a habit tracker in my bullet journal, but if I’m at 8,000 steps at bedtime I will not force myself to go for another walk to hit my 10k (yes, I’ve done that!)

I’ve definitely found a new love for walking now that I am pregnant and no longer running. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited to get back into running when the time is right, but going for walks is so relaxing and a lovely way to decompress after a long day. Especially because I always listen to podcasts when I’m walking and it makes the time enjoyable!

I’m now coming up on a year since I got my Fit Bit and I’m so glad I asked for it for my birthday last year. I know some people are skeptical about how accurate they are, but all I know is that having it and seeing how many steps I’ve hit (or haven’t hit) motivates me to move my body more and that’s a win in my books!

Do you have a Fit Bit? Have you ever done a step challenge where you tried to hit a goal # of steps for a certain amount of days in a row? 

6 Responses

  1. Lisa of Lisa's Yarns says:

    Congrats on your 3 month stretch of 10k steps! That is so impressive, especially since you are pregnant! I love challenges like these but haven’t done one with my Fitbit. I have not been getting all that many steps in lately since I have felt pretty crappy due to all my RA flares. But I have had to accept that now is a time to rest and I can pick up my activity which these never ending string of flares end!

    I have a Fitbit Alta HR and I love it! I am so glad I bought it. I don’t wear a watch so I really like having access to the time and the text and phone call alerts are nice too. It was definitely money well spent!

  2. Alli says:

    Nothing in the world has felt better to me during pregnancy than walking. I agree that it’s so relaxing and just generally seems to loosen me up. I obviously walk a lot just by virtue of being a NYCer so I’ve never thought to track my steps. According to researchers, people who live in NYC average over 10k steps a day anyway. However, when Lizard is here and I am not commuting anymore I may get a fitbit and start tracking to make sure I am keeping up.

  3. San says:

    That’s amazing…. I aim for 10,000 steps , but I don’t always hit them… on days where I run, it’s no problem, but sometimes office days get so busy that I don’t get out on my lunch break and then it goes downhill from there… 😉

    Thanks for adding me on Fitbit. I’ve been using mine for a couple of years now and it definitely keeps me motivated to get more steps in.

  4. Stephany says:

    I have a Fitbit, but I haven’t used it in the past few weeks – oops. I need to get back to tracking my steps! Generally, I aim for 6,000, which is easy to hit on some days and nearly impossible on other days (especially days when I don’t work out!). I’ve only hit 10,000 steps a few times and most of those were when I was on vacation so walking EVERYWHERE. I’m so impressed that you have been hitting 10,000 steps every day for three months straight!

  5. That’s a big accomplishment! Christopher and I always wonder how many steps we are getting. He walks all day for work, so he likely gets a lot more than I do. I have a step counter on my phone, but it’s terrible and not accurate at all. I remember walking for 10 minutes, and looking at the step counter and it only increased by three steps in that time (!!??).

    I think I need a FitBit …

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