How can I build up to walking 10,000 steps a day?

First thing you need to determine is how much further you need to walk to get to 10,000 steps per day. Use a pedometer to determine how far you are currently walking.  Once you determine that you can better determine how much further you need to go. The best way to build up to 10,000 steps is to add activity to your daily routine. Simple things such as, Climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator, Walking to the mailbox, Parking further away from the store, or take a walk during your work lunch break, or instead of a traditional sit-down meeting, make your meeting a walking meeting. 

You can use a pedometer to track how many steps you take each day. Experts suggest you build up to 10,000 steps a day (this is 5 miles).

Here's how to start:
  • First, check how many steps you do now. Wear the pedometer for a week or two. Find out the average steps you take each day.
  • Once you know your starting point, try to up your daily average by 500 steps every couple weeks.
  • Before you know it, you'll hit 10,000 steps a day!

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