How to Get 10,000 Steps A Day

Hey guys!  I get asked all the time how I get so many steps each day.  Yes, a lot of them do come from running, but even on rest days I still get 10,000 or more steps.  Each week I average between 14,000-15,000 steps a day.  Today I’m going to share some easy ways for you to get 10,000 steps a day. 

First of all, if you don’t have a Fitbit or some kind of tracker that will tell you how many steps you get, you need to get one ASAP.   I love my new Fitbit because it reminds me each hour if I need to get up and move.  It also does a lot of other cool stuff like tracks my workouts, my sleep, and my heart rate.  But, today we’re talking about steps. 

How do I get so many steps in a day?  Basically I just walk all day long.   I rarely sit down at work.  Usually by 3 in the afternoon I have between 8,000-9,000 steps.  A lot of days, I will use my break time to walk and get more steps.  Some days by the time I get home I already have 10,000 steps.  But, on days that I am not working or not running, how do I get so many steps?  Here are some of the things that I do to help me reach my goal of 10,000 steps each day, and they can help you too! 

Park Away From The Door

Any time I go to a store I park far away from the door.  The steps in and out will add up.  I always do this everywhere I go.  Partly for the steps, but also partly so I can avoid extra traffic.  I can park far out and get in the door quicker than if I try to wait in the line of cars and find a spot closer to the door.  Plus, it may save your car from getting the doors dinged when you park way out away from everyone. 

Take the Stairs

This one is an easy one for me.  I hate elevators!  I don’t care if it’s 10 flights of stairs.  I’m going up the stairs.  I got stuck in an elevator in college for a couple hours and it scared me!!  So I have what’s probably an irrational fear of elevators now – I just always imagine them falling.   I avoid them whenever possible. 

Take a Walking Break

Each hour get up and move.  Whether it’s to take a bathroom break or to just stretch your legs – go walk.  My new Fitbit will start buzzing at me if I haven’t reached 250 steps each hour.  It’s a great reminder to get up and go.   Plus, sitting for long periods of time is not good for you!

Walk with a friend

I have a friend that I like to walk with.   We talk the whole time and will end up walking for an hour before we realize it.  If you have someone to walk with, it makes the time go faster and the steps add up quick!  Or, go for a hike with your friend!  It’s fun to see different scenery than you normally do!   

I also have noticed that if I’m talking on the phone, I’m usually pacing.  So that helps to get some steps in.

Walk your dog

 My dog is probably the number 1 reason why I get so many steps!  He is always ready for a walk.  As soon as I get home every day he’s waiting at the door for me.  Before work, he wants me to walk with him in the backyard.  If it’s a day that I’m not working, he thinks he has to have a walk each hour.  Sometimes we just walk around the backyard, but he definitely keeps me moving! 


Having a tracker that tells you how many steps you have can be a big motivator!  When you know how many you have, and how many you need to get, it will help you to get moving! 


Just throwing this out there – this post is in no way affiliated with Fitbit.  I just love their products.  I have been a member since 2013.  My aunt bought me my first Fitbit.  It was the One, and it was a clip on.  For Christmas this year, my husband bought me the new Fitbit Charge 2.  I picked it out because of the heart rate monitor.  But, I love all of the features that it has.  Having a Fitbit has definitely been a motivator to get moving.  I love how I can look at my weekly report and see if my steps were up or down from the last week and see if I met all of my goals.  I also love the challenges that you can participate in with friends to see who has the most steps in a week or a weekend.  They also now have individual challenges that you can set for yourself and earn badges for completing them.  It’s a lot of fun! 

How do you stay active during the day?


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6 thoughts on “How to Get 10,000 Steps A Day

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Great tips! It’s hard to get in all my steps during the work week since I’m at a desk for 9 hours but I try to take breaks once an hour for 5-10 minutes and walk on my lunch breaks!

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      That is hard! Some days I have to do a lot of my walking after work. And, I have been known to walk laps around my backyard or even my kitchen! LOL

  2. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

    The dogs are a big reason I don’t normally have trouble reach 10k a day either. But days I don’t walk them — usually due to weather — then it’s more of a struggled. Seriously, though, I don’t worry about it. I know I’m doing pretty good most of the time (and running days can easily get to 20k or more).

    I do like that my Vivoactive reminds me when I’ve been too sedentary — still far too often!

    And then there are days like today, spending a lot of time in the car and while not sedentary, not much walking available to me if I want to get home at a decent time. 🙁

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      I love that my fitbit reminds me to get up and move! That’s awesome that you get 20k steps!

  3. San

    Those are some great tips… although I find it hard on days when I don’t run to get in my 10,000 steps. I really have to make it a point to take a long lunch break and walk the whole time to get to 10,000…. I guess I should get a dog! LOL

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      LOL you should get a dog! They really help a lot!

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