How I Get To 10,000 Steps A Day With A Desk Job

I bought a Fitbit a while back because I wanted to become more aware of my habits and movements. This was also sparked by a trip to the doctor where we discussed ways to lose weight that worked in conjunction with the other health issues I have. We decided that low impact exercises were going to work best for me hence the Fitbit for walking.

I work a desk job, from anywhere between 7.10 am until anytime between 4 – 5 pm. Its a long day with not a lot of movement unless I actively make the effort to move. I knew I would find it really difficult to make the 10,000 steps days so I gave myself a lesser challenge of reaching 7,000 steps on a workday and 12,000 on a non-work day.

This is how I do it on a work day.

  • I put my Fitbit on as soon as I get out of the shower. I lose a few steps before that but I can’t imagine it would amount to more than 50 steps.
  • Morning exercise – I usually rack up about 500 steps. Most of it is from jumping jacks and the like but I’ll go with it.
  • Morning walk. A lap around the block racks up 2000 steps, a lap around the wetlands racks up 1000. Some mornings I do the block and 2 laps of the wetlands, some I do none. Just depends on time. And whether it is very cold or just a little cold.
  • During work there isn’t much option. Sometimes I walk up the street to get lunch or the chemist so that trip is around 1000 steps.
  • Head out for lunch. I sometimes do my grocery shopping during lunch time. That can get me 1500 steps.
  • Depending on the weather and how tired I am, I may go for another walk which gives me another 2000 steps. By this stage I’m at around 8000 steps if I’ve done all the above. But if I haven’t I can be as low as 3000 by home time.
  • Once home I can usually rack up another 2000 steps with general housework.

So that’s how I do it. It takes effort and planning and a lot of motivation especially now that it’s getting so cold and brisk but it’s worth it.

Author: valentinabrenni

I love books, yoga, sunsets, feminism, reading, puppies, walking, wine, sunrises, financial independence, music and health and wellbeing

5 thoughts on “How I Get To 10,000 Steps A Day With A Desk Job”

    1. It’s surprising just how aware you become of how little or how much you move! I think it’s so great that there are so many products available now. I remember I used to have a pedometer and it was just awful because I’d have to manually write down what I got to every night before I went to sleep to keep track. More often than not I forgot so had no real idea of how I was doing.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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