This month was all about picking one thing and doing it every day. I considered a few different things — last year I worked on going to bed by 11:00 every night — and finally decided to aim for 10,000 steps on my Fitbit each day. I wanted something that was good for me but not too easy, something that required me to act with intention, and this goal definitely fit that bill.
I got at least 10,000 steps on 22 of 28 days in February. I missed 3 days for miscellaneous reasons, and 3 days when I was sick last week and not feeling up to a walk or run. My lowest day was last Tuesday — my sickest day — at 4,126 steps. My best day was February 18 with 17,332 steps. My average for February (not counting today since it’s not over yet) was 10,700.
Here’s what I learned:
- With my lifestyle, crossing the 10,000 step mark is definitely achievable on any given day, but often requires an intentional effort to get there.
- Sometimes “effort” means walking on the treadmill for a half hour in the evening because it’s 9:30 and I’m still short 3,000 steps. Sometimes it means jogging in place as I brush my teeth to get those last 500 in.
- On weekdays, there is a significant correlation between what I’ve got on my schedule at work and how easy it is to get my steps. I knew this already, but tracking things more closely definitely made it hit home. On days when I don’t have many meetings or scheduled activities and am just sitting at my desk, 5:00 rolls around and I haven’t even cracked 3,000.
- On weekends, it’s a lot easier to get 10,000 — sometimes I get there even without a dedicated run or walk, just because our plans kept us moving and active all day.
- If I go for a run, making 10,000 for the day is pretty easy. This is obvious. If I go to Orange Theory, making 10,000 can still take a bit of effort. OTF is a great workout, but since there’s only ~25 minutes of walking/running and the rest is strength/rowing, it doesn’t log as many steps as you’d think.
Overall I’m glad I set this goal and I think it was a pretty successful month. But at the same time, I recognize that 10,000 is a pretty arbitrary number. It doesn’t really make sense for me to continue trying to get 10,000 every single day…but I don’t want to just forget about this month entirely. I think this would be a good goal to repeat a couple times each year, because it definitely helped me refocus on being active and moving my body. Those are things I want to continue.