10 Creative Ways to Increase Your Daily Step Count

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Increasing my step count has been one of the biggest hurdles in my fitness journey. Each week, my step count average was about 7,000 steps a day and that’s life for me as a stay at home mom. Occasionally, the day would surpass 10,000 steps, but; only if I was doing a group exercise class at the gym. 

Earlier this summer, I challenged myself to increase my step count. First goal? 10,000 steps a day! 10,000 steps a day is the AHA recommendation and it seemed like a goal that could easily be celebrated.

I tried several things to consistently get my step count up and now, 4 months later, my step count is averaging 12,000 steps a day. 

10 Creative Ways to Increase Your Daily Step Count

How did I do it? I found different ways to get creative and started out slow. My goal wasn’t to reach 10,000 steps and get burned out! The ultimate goal was to reach 10,000 steps and create good habits that will continue through life. 

Here are the methods that I’ve used to naturally increase my step count. 

10 Creative Ways to Increase Your Daily Step Count

Accountability – I started out by using Facebook for accountability. Each day, if I wasn’t near my step count goal then I would go out for a walk and document it on my Facebook page. My friends would keep me in check! After a while, if I didn’t post about it, my friends would ask and it would help kick my butt in gear

Fitbit Move Reminder – If you have a Fitbit, there is a really cool feature called the Move Reminder. Each hour, if you haven’t taken enough steps, your Fitbit will vibrate and tell you to get up and take more steps to reach your goal.

10 Creative Ways to Increase Your Daily Step Count

Park Far Away – Some days are filled with errands and there is a lot of car time. If you aren’t getting creative while you are out, step count will probably be down that day. Instead, park far away in the parking lot.. I’m talking all the way out! You can easily grab a couple hundred steps just doing this at one store.

10 Creative Ways to Increase Your Daily Step Count

Walk Your Street – Sometimes, I’m just not in the mood for a long walk. Break the day up and go outside on your street, walk up and down just a few times and go back inside. Doing this several times a day will definitely rack up those steps!

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Pedal Exerciser – Some days are rainy, super cold and some days I just can’t get away from the house. The Vive Pedal Exerciser has become a god send! 

The Vive Pedal exerciser is compact, sturdy and fits perfectly in my living room. I’ve even taken it into the kitchen to pedal while the kids are doing homework! Even though it’s lightweight, the rubber grips on the bottom keep the pedal exerciser in place. Carpet, tile, hard floors, it will work anywhere.

Designed to be used by your hands or feet, the Vive Pedal Exerciser is great for keeping your body moving and keeping your joints nice and warm. The winter time is coming and it becomes harder to keep the joints warm and pain free. By having a pedal exerciser in my home, I’m able to easily keep my knees moving and work on my goals!

If you are curious about the functionality, the resistance can be changed to allow for a harder workout (or easier) and the digital display will let you know how far you’ve gone, your RPM, speed, time and number of calories burned. This is really a great way to add some extra steps in your day!

For more specs on the Vive Pedal Exerciser, click here.

Pace Your House – This sounds silly, but it really works! Let me give you an example, say you are cleaning the kitchen and you have a pile of stuff to put away. Instead of piling it all in your arms, grab one thing and put it away, go back and do the next. Also, while brushing your teeth, walk back and forth in your bathroom. Walking to the bathroom? Take the long way and add an extra loop through the kitchen to get there. 

Treadmill – I hate walking on the treadmill more than anybody. But sometimes, after getting things done at the gym, I will jump on the treadmill for 15 minutes and knock out an extra 1-2,000 steps.

Zumba – If you love to dance, get into a Zumba class pronto! I take a zumba class 4 times a week and each class will rack up 5-6,000 steps.. in one hour. Seriously, the most fun and fast way to get your steps for the day!

Walk During Rest Time at the Gym – Love to lift weights like I do? My weight lifting sessions will often last an hour or more. Between each set, there is a rest period. Instead of sitting there playing on your phone, get up and walk around! I take 1 minute rest periods in between sets and can easily get an extra 3,000 steps in my day by doing this. Try it!

Fitbit in Your Pocket – Finally, but not least important. The Fitbit hates grocery carts, strollers and just hates it when your arm isn’t moving. While it isn’t protocol for Fitbit, I will take my watch off and put it in my pocket to capture those steps. There’s nothing worse than doing an hour of grocery shopping, torture already!, and not getting credit for your steps.

10 Creative Ways to Increase Your Daily Step Count

10,000 steps a day isn’t always easy and some days you just need to rest. But, if you are looking to reach new goals to increase your step count, I hope that these tips can help you out!

Do you own a Fitbit? Add me as a friend! I’d love to challenge you to help us both reach those goals.

Disclosure : This post is sponsored by Vive Health. All thoughts are my own.

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12 thoughts on “10 Creative Ways to Increase Your Daily Step Count

  • October 20, 2016 at 6:55 am
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    I have been working on getting in more steps and movements this year. Love these tips, it is amazing how little changes can add up in a big way! Reply
  • October 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm
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    I love using my Fitbit to get my daily steps in. I aim for at least 10,000 a day. Most of the time I can easily get to that with no problem. Lately I've been doing challenges on my Fitbit, and those help a lot! Reply
  • October 19, 2016 at 7:38 pm
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    I'm all about using every opportunity I can to walk -- so big yes to parking far away! And omg that pedal exerciser looks like it has my name written on it! Reply
  • October 19, 2016 at 7:11 pm
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    Oh my gosh, I need that pedal exerciser! Ever since I've been working from home more, I feel less active. Thanks for the tips! Reply
  • October 19, 2016 at 7:07 pm
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    I want that pedal exerciser so badly. I have had my eye on it for a while... I try really hard to get my step goal, but have been pretty far, lately Reply
  • October 19, 2016 at 5:59 pm
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    I love my Fitbit. It really helps me reach my daily goals. I will have to check out the Move feature. I am looking for a treadmill for the winter. Reply
  • October 19, 2016 at 4:53 pm
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    My husband always parks as far away from the store entrance as possible. I love the idea of the Pedal exerciser for those rainy days. Reply
  • October 19, 2016 at 1:58 pm
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    I can imagine how low my step count is. These are all great tips. I need to get walking more and see about getting a Fitbit. Reply
  • October 19, 2016 at 1:56 pm
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    Congratulations on reaching and surpassing your goal. I should start counting my steps. I'm probably low. Reply
  • October 19, 2016 at 11:37 am
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    I am a Fitbit fanatic and I am so addicted to getting my steps. I do at least 10K in the winter and 11K the rest of the year. These are great tips. Let's be Fitbit friends -> https://www.fitbit.com/user/3XJHWH Reply
  • October 19, 2016 at 10:56 am
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    It's funny that you mention this because a friend of mine always tries to find ways to top herself from the day before. When we talk on the phone she is pacing around the house. Reply

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