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Goal of the Month: 10,000 steps a day

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As Oh Lardy readers know, I have been setting monthly goals each month for 2014 and sharing them with you all.  I work with people, as a Health Coach, on goal setting yet still struggle myself with meeting the ones I set!  This month my goal will be to walk 10,000 steps a day!

So far this year, my goals have been focused on detoxing the body:  oil pulling, drinking green drinks and dry brushing.  I have been successful January and February.  March was a bit rough (post on that next week!).

For the next couple months, I want to focus on goals about movement and fitness.  This month, I have chosen my goal to be to walk 10,000 steps each day.

Many of us lead very sedentary lifestyles.  I know I do.  As a blogger, I am at the computer for hours on end.  I did recently purchase a standing desk, which has helped me tremendously, but I still am not moving as often as I would like!

Even days when I think I am really ‘active', I am not very mobile.  I may be busy…driving here and there, cooking in the kitchen, taking my daughter to her activities.  But, that is not the same as moving your body!

I do work out, but even a 60 minute intense workout doesn't necessarily undo all the damage of being sedentary the remaining 23 hours in a day!

I recently purchased a FitBit Flex to monitor my steps.  There are numerous products on the market that measure your steps but I really like the FitBit.  If you have a FitBit, email me at ohlardyblog (at) gmail (dot) com. I will add you to my team and we can keep each other accountable!

I am actually a little nervous about the goal of walking 10,000 steps a day!  This goal will be a bit challenging for me as I have tried this several times before…and never succeeded beyond a few days!  Now, I am trying to make my goal SMART and putting it out here on Oh Lardy to see if that will help me hold myself more accountable!

I used my SMART goal worksheet to help me plan out this goal.

Here's my goal:

I will walk 10,000 steps a day (at least) for the rest of April using my FitBit to monitor my steps.  

Is this goal SMART?

Specific:  Yes it is a specific goal. I am not saying ‘I will walk more' but ‘I will walk 10,000 steps a day'.

Measurable: Yes, the FitBit allows me to easily measure the progress.

Attainable:  Yes.  I have done 10,000 steps in the past but it does take extra effort.  I will need to purposefully add more walking into my day.

Realistic:  I think so.  I know it is something I can do, if I put my mind to it and make the extra effort.

Timely:  Yes…rest of the month of April.  Hopefully, like all my other goals, if I am successful, it will keep going beyond April but for now…April will suffice!


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Be on the lookout for an upcoming post about WHY moving is so important to your health and wellness!

For now, here are some great articles from some of my favorite bloggers:

Walking 10,000 Steps a Day for a Healthy Lifestyle from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

Why I Broke Up Then Got Back Together with My FitBit from Eat Naked Now

Sitting is Killing You and What You Can Do About It from Healthy Living How To

Losing Weight With an Activity Tracker from Our Small Hours

How to Get Your 10,000 Steps a Day if You Are a Desk Jockey from Chris Kresser



  1. I have a FitBit too and I also had trouble reaching my 10,000 steps a day. Prepping food for a wholesome dinner takes so much time. Add to that my toddler who likes to cuddle and afternoons packed with sports for my boys and I was lucky to hit 5,000. I try fitting in an hour walk with the stroller and the dog, but that’s not always do-able. So I just started walking laps around my kitchen island. I spend a ton of time in my kitchen and there are always downtimes in the cooking process. Stuff needs to marinate for a bit, things in the oven, break in doing the dishes…wherever I find a small block of time, I start doing laps. It’s only 15 steps around, but add up enough time and I’ve done 5 miles around that island in a day. My family thinks I’m crazy. And if you don’t focus on something (for me, the tv) while walking around, you get dizzy. But it works. You don’t need to be walking actual long distances, you just need to get in your steps. 🙂

    1. Yes, those are the kinds of things I am going to need to do! The little steps do add up! I am trying to walk up and down the stairs and make laps around my house every 30 minutes or so! Thank you for posting!!

  2. 10k steps a day is quite hard (at least for me), so far I have only been able to get to that number once. I know you mentioned standing desks, have you thought about adding a treadmill? Something made for standing desks? That may help you reach the 10k steps without really thinking about it.

    1. I have thought about a treadmill desk but I am unsure how I would like that. I have been able to get 10,000 steps most day but definitely have to work at it. The days I haven’t made it so far are ones I have been sick with strep throat (boo!!!).

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