Cheat’s guide to clocking up 10,000 steps a day

Cheat’s guide to clocking up 10,000 steps a day

When I was about 10 I really wanted one of these

And these

 But settled for these

Now, I’ve put away childish things, and I’ve got one of these

Only another 8,836 to go

(although I do still fancy a Space Hopper)

The FITBIT that grown-up gadget that makes us all feel guilty for sitting down for 10 minutes with a cup of tea and a digestive.  Or if you have one like mine, (the Charge) brings out your inner hypochondriac, as you regularly check your resting heart rate, just in case you should be calling NHS 24.

Which leaves us all trying to figure out how to cram 10,000 steps into our daily lives (which, according to the Daily Mail, will mean we will live well till you’re 127, or something like that).

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10,000 Steps

Rolls off the tongue, right, but not so easy to do when you realise that means walking for around

1 HOUR AND  40 MINUTES (most people do around 100 steps per minute) EVERY DAY.

Frankly, I don’t know anyone with a spare 100 minutes in their day.

Fret ye not, I’ve cunningly discovered that, without much beyond regular trips to the kettle, the biscuit tin, and the local shops twice a day (yes twice I always forget something) and a few minutes of floor-pacing, I clock up about 3,000 steps. Admittedly I’m a bit of a fidget but I’d wager most people, even those stuck in front of a screen for hours every day, will walk at least 2,000 steps – hey we’ve all got to go to the toilet, buy and prepare food, walk to the car, bus, bed. That leaves us with about 7-8,000 steps – which is getting a bit more manageable.

So here are some sneaky tips to clock up those pesky 10,000 steps…

Don’t Miss A Step

Put on your Fit Bit the SECOND you wake up so you every possible step is measured.

In fact if you’re prone to a middle of the night Trump-esque Toilet Trip (where, I’d hazard a guess, The Donald comes up with his most inspired He’s a Very Very Very Bad Man tweets) then grab your FITBIT and shake it about a bit it as you trot to the toilet, and you’ll start the day with a few steps under your belt.

Follow the Sun

Go for A Morning Walk

If you’re a MORNING PERSON shove on your trainers while you are STILL IN BED and get out for a walk before you can find a reason not to. Mornings are the BEST time for a walk – it lets you drift gently into the day ahead as you witness the world coming to life.

If you can’t decide which direction to go just head towards the sun (don’t forget to turn back though or you could end up in the North Sea). Pick up some milk, a newspaper and fresh rolls on your journey and you’ll have clocked up 3,000 steps before breakfast.

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Go for a Wine Walk

Team up with a friend for a walk after work …and you have my permission to have a glass of wine or two, after a couple of thousand steps.

Stop Multi-tasking

No more ordering a home delivery curry while you lie couch-surfing.

Line up a good Netflix movie, phone in your order, walk to collect it, press play..then lie on the couch.

Don’t gather up armloads of clothes + toys + shoes + replacement ink cartridges + shopping bags and take the stairs in a one single, mule-like trip. A couple of trips will be less stress-y.

If you find it really hard to be this inefficient tell yourself that you ARE multitasking –  you’re TOVING – tidying and moving  at the same time (yes I did just make that up)

Embrace Walking Opportunities  (I know I’m starting to sound like a twat)

Basically, walk whenever you can.

Get off the bus a couple of stops early.

Walk instead of driving, to the train station.

If you need stamps don’t wait until you’ll next pass post office go now, yes right now. Ditto the bank or the shop, if a lightbulb has just gone phut.

Embrace Stair Climbing Opportunities (ok I am a twat).

Whenever you see a stair CLIMB IT – at home, in work, Debenhams, The Spanish Steps.

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Park for walking not convenience.

Give yourself a break – don’t drive round and round a car park stressing as you look for a space near the shop – choose to park at the back of the car park and clock up another couple of hundred steps.

Take Another Trip Down the Aisle

In the supermarket, when you’ve got all your shopping loaded in the trolley take one more lap of the aisles. It’ll clock up another few hundred steps and you’ll remember that thing you’ve forgotten you needed.

Become a Trolley Dolly

Shopping Trolleys are not just for grannies.

Get your hand on a shopping trolley (rather on trend these days – Louis Vuitton does one for £14,000) and shop locally for the heavy stuff you’d normally reserve for a car shop.

Tune In Walk Out

If you find walking boring – listen to music or podcast to pass the time.

Don’t press Send

Walk over to a colleague and talk (Yes actually TALK, to a real PERSON ) through what you were about to say in that email

Get a dog

Then walk it.


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  1. 18 June 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Many a true word is expressed in humor! I hope as people are smiling and reading this post, they are doing so on their iPad so they can be WALKING simultaneously.

    Recognizing the effort in walking 10,000 steps improves the odds in achieving a better and healthier quality of life should incentivize most people (enough) to pursue this task.

    Those living with chronic diseases often resulting from lifestyle choices rarely (if ever) boast they would choose the same path in life if given a second chance.

    • Jill
      19 June 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Thanks for your kind comments. I find doing 10,000 every day a bit of a struggle – but I do my best! Normally 3 or 4 times each week, which ain’t bad!!
      Enjoying your blog posts too. Jill

  2. 19 August 2017 / 11:55 pm

    Hi Jill, Getting a dog and walking it is the best plan …….. I got one and named it Ten Miles …… now I can Happily and truthfully tell my doctor when he asks me about exercise that I walk ten miles a day. Alan

    • Jill
      20 August 2017 / 6:32 am

      Hey Alan, thanks for your comment. Love the idea of little Ten Miles – very funny. Jill

  3. 1 February 2018 / 9:13 am

    I quite fancy a FitBit as I know I don’t walk enough or do any real exercise and it’s showing! These are some hilarious tips but helpful too to get you walking more. I do have a step calculator on my phone but I don’t have it on me all the time but on a week day I walk significantly less than at a weekend. I’m mainly sat behind a desk for 8 hours but I will be taking up some of these tips!

  4. 1 February 2018 / 9:49 am

    I love this post. And I love the Fitbit. Such a great device to help track our activity levels. One cheats way around getting to 10 K for me is going on walking trails around the city. I try to squeeze those in whenever I can I usually cover more than 10K in those days and its fun.

    • Jill
      1 February 2018 / 10:04 am

      Hello – that sounds like a lovely way to clock up the steps. It’s pretty cold here (Scotland) at moment so walking every day is a bit of a challenge. But I’m trying!! Thanx for visiting Jill x

  5. 1 February 2018 / 10:33 am

    I am a Trolley Dolly, I drag that Grannie cart all over town. It does make me feel like I am 80, but mostly because it gets super heavy and I have trouble dragging it up the stairs to get home.

    • Jill
      1 February 2018 / 10:34 am

      Hey Charie. I WANT A TROLLEY. I think they look so cool – especially that one in my post! You’re starting a trend!! Thanx for commenting. JIll

  6. 1 February 2018 / 3:24 pm

    “Shake it a bit.” Ha!!!! I have yet to strap one of these devices on but I imagine I would be doing quite a bit of shaking during the work week. I have walked up to 15 hours in a day but while on vacation! Thanks for the reminder to park a bit further from the store. )

    • Jill
      1 February 2018 / 3:28 pm

      Hey Shannon 15 Miles in Oe Day – blimey. By my calculatoins that means you don’t have to walk again for the rest of the week 🙂 Thanks for commenting . JIll

  7. 1 February 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Love it! Toving… funny is that. This will be my new go to word, Jill xxx

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