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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/14/14 7:44 A

How about a short walk at lunch time? That is usually good for 1000 steps.

VICSAC Posts: 418
1/14/14 7:40 A

I work in a stock room and am walking much of the day. I have gotten as much as 18,000 on a busy long day. On shorter days when not so busy I do what others have talked about be non efficient. Instead of pulling a bunch of orders and taking them all up to shipping at one time I will take each order up as I pull it. So getting my steps in on work days are really not a problem.

On non work days it is different I cannot really get my steps in unless I do some kind of scheduled exercise.

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
1/13/14 10:21 P

I just got a Fitbit and it is so helpful in tracking steps and activity

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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1/13/14 9:56 P

Lol EthelM! I should have looked into where this advice came from. Oh well, it's still a nice goal. but I will check it out.

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
1/13/14 9:31 P

Nirerin, it's SO nice to know I'm not the only one who does this! I used to pride myself on my efficiency around the house. Now I use household activities as a means of running up my step count (excuse the pun).

I know that I felt overwhelmed at the idea of hitting 10K consistently when I first started using my pedometer. Now it's second nature. Just keep applying creativity to finding ways of moving around!

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (237,096)
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1/13/14 8:44 P

This is another one of those "perfect world" "rules" some man with no family to take care of starting spouting on talk shows a bunch of years ago. And he admitted that even he couldn't do it every day, either. Oprah should have slapped him right then and there!!! Just do what you can, perfect ain't gonna happen...........

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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1/13/14 8:40 P

The most I've been able to do is 12500. I know that's nothing to sneeze at but I still feel like it should be more.

I carpool so parking is not usually my choice. I make sure to get at least two 15 minute walks in while at work.

I take the long way around to wherever I'm going. I need more ideas....

If you get more than 10k steps in, what do you do?

1/13/14 8:26 P

my goal is 10,000 steps also, but I wear my Fit bit all the time, even when doing my planned exercise. I have hit 20,000 steps when traveling and sight-seeing, at Universal Studios, etc. Very hard to do!

1/12/14 10:20 P

I have a Fitbit that counts my steps. I love it!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/12/14 9:23 P

I wish I could count my swimming as steps as I swim 3 hrs per week yet it doesn't count in my step count.....

GBO323 SparkPoints: (31,201)
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1/12/14 6:13 P

My calorie range is 1500-1850.

What I do to encourage myself to get the 10K a day is this....

When I make 10K, I get to enjoy the top of my calorie range..which is 1,850.

If I don't quite make it, then it's 1500.

When I do over 10K, I limit myself to to the 1,850 anyways and hope to see the difference on the scale someday.

11/4/13 10:41 P

20K emoticon

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
11/4/13 9:37 P

Walk On

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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11/4/13 9:27 P

You all are doing so great. I managed 6k at work today by planning a walk every 2 hours. Another 6k walking the dogs but the weather is supposed to turn nasty tonight. I'm going to try to double the length of the walks tomorrow.

WALIDGAZALA Posts: 8,106
11/4/13 8:18 A

I do 6000
I am a senior and so my wife
By 5000meters= 6000 double step we got tired

MLAN613 Posts: 17,785
11/4/13 8:09 A

I d track my steps and I use BodyMedia. I think it's fairly accurate. My daily goal is 10k and I usually exceed that. Rarely, I don't quite make it and I know that it's usually the days when I don't have a hard core work out planned. So, I am working on little things I can do to increase on those days. Usually, it's a simple as parking a little further out at work.

I also don't add calories based on my steps. I did add weekly fitness calories into the equagtion and I don't want to over it on calories.

JANCARD SparkPoints: (114,562)
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11/4/13 7:55 A

My daily goal is 12,000 steps. I get up early and walk/run with the dog for 2+ miles. That usually gets me to over 4K before starting the day and only takes about 30 minutes.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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11/4/13 2:20 A

I started setting an alarm for twice a day breaks while at work. I get up and walk down the stairs, around the building and take the long way back to my office. It adds 2k steps each trip so that really helps. I also walk to the cafeteria any time my co workers go. Instead of buying anything I walk around the building and get some fresh air and exercise.

You can adjust your step length on the Accupedo which I found made it more accurate. Since I'm not counting it as exercise it's more of a get moving thing.

FITWITHIN Posts: 24,934
11/4/13 12:52 A

Saturday I did over 21,000 steps. Sunday I manage to get over 12,000 steps.

JBALDWIN29 Posts: 5,136
11/3/13 11:51 P

I try to do 10000 steps a day but sometimes it is hard. We just have to remember to do the best we can.

SPERRIN2012 SparkPoints: (181,188)
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11/3/13 8:34 P

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SPERRIN2012 SparkPoints: (181,188)
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11/3/13 8:34 P

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JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (523,388)
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11/3/13 8:21 P

The shoe is the best place to wear it.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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11/3/13 4:23 P

You could always wear it on your shoe in the house. They say the shoe is the best place to wear it for accurate recording of steps.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
11/3/13 2:19 P

I track my steps when I remember to wear my pedometer! It's hard with a desk job. Is there a way you can get walking in to your commute? Or ask them to install a standing workstation for you?

Once when the battery on my pedometer died (I use an Omron), I installed Accupedo on my phone until I could buy a new battery. After I got the battery I used both the phone app and the pedometer for a day or two to see if there was a difference. The Accupedo app recorded 25% more steps than my dedicated pedometer! You don't want to add calories to your diet based on the Accupedo results if you don't want to gain weight!

NIRERIN Posts: 14,133
11/3/13 12:26 P

not being efficient is a good way to walk more.
like when you fold the laundry, don't fold the whole load. fold a towel, go put it away, come back to the pile, fold a washcloth, go put it away, and keep doing one at a time and putting the away in between.
or when you you clean, don't pick a room, try to pick one thing in each room and make your way through the whole house. like right now i have something sitting by me that needs to be washed in the bathroom. so after i do that, i'll probably take all the dirty laundry from the bathroom to the hamper. once i get there i'll find something near the hamper that needs to be done and keep moving rooms like that using each task to move on to the next one.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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11/3/13 12:11 P

I don't know why but I found the information below kind of depressing. emoticon
Maybe because I have set a recent goal to try to get to 10K steps per day which has been hard as I've switched to a desk job. Love the job, hate the sitting. I can usually get to 7k during the day but it takes effort and planning.

I don't even want the extra calories to eat, I guess I just thought it would be more.

But I did find a great free phone app pedometer called Accupedo.
Do you track your steps?

If your daily average (excluding the steps in your planned exercise) is:
•up to 9,999 steps, keep your SparkPeople calorie range as-is

•10,000 to 11,999 steps, add 100 calories per day*

•12,000 to 13,999 steps, add 200 calories per day*

•14,000 to 15,999 steps, add 300 calories per day*

•16,000 to 17,999 steps, add 400 calories per day*

•18,000 to 20,000 steps, add 500 calories per day*

When adjusting your calorie range, be sure to add calories to BOTH ends of your range. For example, for 11,000 steps, you'd add 100 calories to the low end and 100 calories to the high end of your daily range. For instructions to edit your calorie range as indicated above,

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