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5 Tips for Reaching Your Step Goal

One of my fitness goals this month is to reach 10k steps a day; my daily step goal. I’ve gotten close a few times and even reached my goal a few more. But, it’s proven harder to achieve than I thought! If you’re trying to reach your daily step goal, here’s a few tips that can help:

Charge your Activity Tracker

The number one reason I don’t track my steps is because my FitBit is dead! Sometimes I forget to charge it because I wear it when I sleep! To stay motivated to reaching your step goal, keep your activity tracker charged. After all, if you workout (or do any sort of walking) without your tracker, does it even count?

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Start Early

I find that the earlier I get started on my step goal, the more likely I am to reach it! Try starting an hour before you normally would–which usually means getting up an hour earlier than normal! Is it a sacrifice you’re willing to make?

Move Reminds

I have my Fitbit set to remind me to move every hour. That means I’ve got to get at least 250 steps per hour and if I don’t, ten minutes before the hour is up, it buzzes and reminds me! Knowing I have to move every hour makes me want to move BEFORE I get the reminder–overachiever status.

Tips for Reaching Your Step Goal

Make Exercise/Step Goal a Priority

Schedule your workout and stick with it! Whether you’re a morning person or you need to de-stress after work, make it a priority and you’ll hit your goal in no time! Pro Tip: Pack a back up workout bag and keep it in your car at ALL times. That way, there’s no excuse!

Two a Days

Before the heading scares you away, let me explain. The more active you are during the day, the more likely you are to get your step goal, right? If you wait until the end of the day to cram in a majority of your steps, you may not make it. I’d recommend being active in the morning and at night. Whether it’s taking the dog for a walk in the morning or full on working out, do a little bit in the morning and throughout the day. Your goal won’t seem so hard to achieve!

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  • Great tips-morning and evening exercise doesn’t sound easy when you have a busy day, but every little bit of walking helps! I sometimes LOVE walking before work to clear my head and get started on the day!

  • Mother Daughter

    Thanks for the tips. I struggle everyday to get my steps in and have gotten to the point of not checking to see how many I have done because I know I haven’t done enough.

  • I have this goal too, and it’s amazing how easy it is some days and so much harder the next!
    I completely agree with getting them in early. It’s the only way I’m successful. And yes the steps count, even if no one knows you took them!

  • Laina Turner

    I’ve had a Fitbit for a few years and love it. I never knew before getting on how hard it is to get those steps in. Especially, when you work in front of a computer all day:)

  • Neely

    These are awesome tips. I try to reach 10K no matter what. Sometimes it means doing steps around the house to finish it up!

  • Marissa Pedersen

    Yes, I was so good at this when I first got my FitBit but have gotten so bad about it. I need to step it up (literally!) again!

  • I try to do this too, and it’s easier on some days and harder on others! Great tips!

  • Morgan Greenwood

    These were great tips! And I agree, if you don’t wear your activity tracker it doesn’t count! lol I hate when I forget to charge my apple watch and it goes dead in the middle of the day. THE WORST FEELING lol

  • These are great tips! I love my Fitbit! Except on weekends, I feel like I’m pretty good at getting up and starting early. I also love the hourly reminders!

  • Shelby Stover

    Starting early is the key! Don’t leave it till the last minute or you’ll be so much more unorganized!

  • Krystin

    Love this post, definitely bookmarking it so I can look back on it for motivation! Happy Monday!

  • I cantttt start early! I am so not a morning person! I like a midday work out normally, which is why I’m so grateful to work from home/for myself! I have no excuses in getting in!

  • These are excellent tips for reaching fitness goals! I think starting early and being prepared will work for me.

  • Amanda Chaulk

    Anyone else try and make one trip from the car to the house with groceries, unless you are wearing your tracker and then you make as many trips as possible? lol

  • Amanda Faber

    My Fitbit needs a new battery! And every weekend I always forget to take it in. But I love wearing one-it keeps you honest about your fitness goals.

  • Fitness trackers are SO helpful to me! I love being able to track my progress throughout the day!

  • Great tips! I’m really competitive about my fitness tracker. I just upped my step goal since I work on a college campus, but I’m not walking as much as I thought I would be! I think I’m definitely going to turn on my step reminders and hopefully that will help!

    Tori
    http://www.mooretori.com

  • I don’t track my steps but I do try to be as active as possible. I should incorporate two a days!

  • Stephanie Parrell

    This is great! I used to have a stepper and my goal was 10000 steps a day which is surprisingly hard when you have a desk job. I am saving this should I start it again!

  • Thena

    Love your goal, I walk every day and try to do at least 2-3 miles in extra exercise. Goals rock!

  • Nicole Coppins

    I got a FitBit this year and try to get at least 10K every day! I don’t always make my goal, but having my FitBit on definitely holds me accountable.

  • Haha, my fitbit has been dead for over a week and I keep forgetting to put it back on. I neeeed to get back into exercising. Thanks for the tips, I need to set that step reminder!

  • Amy

    Such graet tips! I have a knock off fitbit and I need to get back into wearing it! I swear I’m away more active when I track my steps

  • Great tips! I actually forgot my tracker at home last week when I went to the gym (I left it charging!) and was so disappointed that those steps wouldn’t count haha!

  • Christine Martinez

    Great tips! I’m doing a step challenge at work and it’s really getting me on the right track with being active during work hours. 🙂

  • I love this! My fitbit is also dead and I can’t find my charger anywhere!!! I need to find that thing so I can log some steps!

  • I did laugh out loud at “charge your tracker.” That’s the No. 1 step for me! I always let my Apple Watch die!!!

    xoxo, Paige
    http://www.thedailypaigeblog.com

  • Jordyn Upchurch

    I’m trying to get in my 10K steps every day too & I’ve found if I schedule a walk (about thirty minutes for me) I can get in a huge part of my steps and I catch the others while I’m just doing daily activities!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  • Remembering to charge my Fitbit is the hardest thing lol. Then sometimes once it’s charged I forget to put it back on!

  • These are some great tips! I literally always forget to charge mine!

  • I haven’t worn mine recently, but I love how it motivates me. I have been seen in my PJs lapping the house to hit my goal lol

  • I have really been considering getting a fitness tracker… I work at home and sometimes its hard to find a reason to get up and get moving for extended periods of time!

  • I love my FitBit! The reminders to move have been so helpful for me. And I totally agree that you can divide up your fitness to get your steps in. I’ve been doing a couch to 5k program through the Running for Weight Loss and that really helps me reach my step goal.

  • These are such great tips! I’ve been thinking about getting a Fitbit but they are crazy expensive here. I have been trying to get more steps in and get into a healthier lifestyle, so I might have to splurge on one!

  • I wish I liked having things on my wrist because I would totally get a FitBit. Instead I just try to make sure I get up from my desk at work often, take the stairs when I can and go running at least twice a week.

  • Being proactive and not just ‘hoping’ to make steps definitely goes a long way towards reaching that goal!

  • I love this post! I use my Fitbit on & off, and I’m obsessed with meeting those hourly step goals. Haha. One of my co-workers has actually created a little “path” for us outside that takes about 5 minutes and is around 300 steps!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass