I feel pretty good with my 10,000 steps a day, but I know that there will be one day each week that I allow myself to just chill out and relax (usually Sunday). I try to make up for it during the week when I'm more active.
Another variation for constant improvement is to have the goal of 10% more steps per week than the last week. This keeps you constantly challenged, and tracking by week allows for the flexibility of having more active days than others. For example, I go on long runs on weekend days.
When I re-re-re-started Spark this January, I kept the goal of 10,000 steps/day. I usually meet the goal 6 out of 7 days/week. I think it's still a good goal, but I always get bummed when I don't make my goal.
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I second what DLDMIL said. For a week, just do what you normally would do, and increase accordingly. That's what I did.
More specifically, I calculated my average daily steps for that first week, and rounded up to the nearest 1,000—so my first goal was only 7,000 steps, because I was pretty sedentary. I waited until my average daily steps were consistently over 7000, then I increased again by rounding up, and so on. It's a gradual approach, but you keep going up, and I think it's more sustainable than making a large, difficult goal.
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If I need to get steps in to meet my personal goal of making the 1000 (100%) active goal daily, I jog and march in place while watching TV in the evening instead of sitting or laying down like I used to do. Sometimes I just jog in place during commercials. I have found I can get a lot of steps in this way and it keeps me busy and not thinking about a snack to go with my TV program. This has helped me with my former problem of snacking at night. I also found a friend on Fitbit and we like to compete with each other and we message back and forth daily. Sometimes I see she is way ahead of me for the day and I can't have that so I have to get busy to catch up. Good motivator.
Having a goal is great whatever that goal is. Give yourself a few weeks to gain a perspective of what your normal steps are in a day, then look for periods where you can add to these steps. Can you park further away from the store, climb stairs instead of taking the elevator, walk around your classroom/house when the opportunity presents itself. And trust me, those opportunities will present themselves. The trick is to take advantage of them when you can. With regards to your goal, make it whatever you can achieve on a normal day and then use those opportunities to exceed this goal. The fact that you are asking is great, keep on moving!
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When I first got my Fitbit last June, I did a week of testing, normal everyday movement. I could see which days where more active than others. Then I started adding 1000 steps a day, then 2000, etc. You need to feel comfortable in what you can accomplish each day for your schedules. Start out slow and build from there, and before you know it you will be reaching the 10K or more each day.
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I walked an hour this morning, played tennis for 2 hours and then walked another 40 minutes, so as you see it takes a bit to add up. You are maybe not in too much motion teaching but a great start on your activities. Keep up the good work.
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my goal initially was 10000 steps and 10 flights of steps a day. i had some knee problems which slowed me down but i aimed and pushed myself as hard as I could
so do what you feel comfortable doing each day and hopefully increase a bit each day. Just do what you can do. you know your comfort level
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Well, today was my first full day with my fitbit. Today was a very active day for me. I walked for 45 minutes, did 2 10 minute Spark videos and taught adult English for 3 hours on my feet the whole time. I did not hit 10,000 steps but I was close. I want my goal to be achievable so that I can succeed. How did my fitbit Sparkers determine their goals??
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