Most people do not have jobs that require a lot of walking. So getting 10k steps a day takes a concerted effort through walking or running for exercise, and finding ways to get those extra steps. If for example you didn't live that far from your job, you could choose to walk instead of driving and get some mileage in.
I've seen it suggested that once you figure out how many steps your average day includes, up that by 500 steps a day per week. So if you're getting 5000 steps, next week try to get to 5500 per day. And the week after that, up it to 6000 steps per day. It's just a suggestion-- nothing says you can't wait to up it some, for two weeks instead of one. Or just up it 100 or 200 steps at a time.
I've been known to put the clean clothes away one pair of underpants or socks at a time-- the laundry area is all the way at the other end of the house, from the bedrooms. I've jogged in place while waiting for the water to boil, so I can cook pasta. I routinely park farther from the store, just to get the extra steps in. You can get up and march in place during the tv commercials or use that time to rush around picking up stuff and putting it back where it belongs.
When I bring in groceries, I no longer weigh myself down like a pack mule and try to get it all in the house in one or two trips-- I'm happy to make more trips and get the extra steps. If the phone rings, the dogs need to go out, or something needs to be gotten from the other end of the house-- I spring up before my DH can move, so I can get the steps.
Same thing at work; if someone needs to get up to do something, I'm out of my chair like a shot. Instead of sending someone in the building an email, get up and go talk to them. Every time you get up to use the restroom, take "the scenic route" and use a restroom that isn't the closest to your desk. Depending on how long your breaks and lunch are, use a little of the time to take a walk.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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