Steps! Steps are very important, it’s the easiest thing you can do to help with fitness! Has so many benefits! Fitness and mental! So let us help you set up your steps!
However, the issue with steps is that people tend to set them up wrong. I partially blame the news and the media for this! Saying “10,000 steps a day for everyone!” Is this correct? Well, we are going to go over that and also explain how you can set up your steps!
IS 10,000 THE RIGHT AMOUNT?
So is 10,000 steps a day the right amount? Well on average yes! Most people should aim for around 10,000 steps. However, if you are overweight, don’t move a lot or are very new to fitness and just starting then you should most likely aim for less. Don’t set yourself up for failure by aiming too high! If you are overweight you will struggle to hit 10,000 a day at first, so aim lower, something “easier” to hit and use it to build the habit.
As we said in the introduction steps should be everyone’s priority when starting fitness, or just to get healthier in general so it is important that you set them up and set a reachable achievable goal. So how should you go about setting up your steps? Let us talk about that!
HOW TO ACTUALLY SET UP YOUR STEPS?
Setting up your steps is fairly simple, People tend to overcomplicate it. First thing is to buy a device to track steps (Or download an app on your phone). Next is to track your steps throughout the week, Don’t aim to walk loads just see how many you normally do in a day. Next is to take this number and increase it a bit. Obviously the more your increase it the harder it will be to hit. I would say add 500-1000 extra steps per day. This will give you your daily step goal.
Next is to forget your daily step goal! What we mean by this is that you shouldn’t aim to hit a certain daily step goal. Work out your Step goal using the formula above, Then mulitple that by 7 (7 Days a week). This will give you a weekly step goal. This is what you need to aim to hit.
We all have busy days, Days where we don’t move much, and days where we move more! This is why a weekly step goal is a great idea! For example, if you have a 70,000 weekly goal, You could say that is just 10,000 steps a day. However, you might end up only doing 6000 one day, and then on the weekend do 14,000 on a walk. This will all add up to your weekly target of 70,000.
So that is how we would set up our step goals. Aim for a weekly goal and you will instantly feel the stress of hitting a goal drop and find you are more likely to hit your goal because it isn’t as stressful!
One last tip is you want to set your weekly goal as high as possible so that it is a challenge! Don’t be afraid to increase it over time as well! If you find that you’re hitting your goal easily, increase it slightly! Just remember, get your steps in! So important to fitness and mental health!
Written by Kieran Blacker
Kieran is the CEO and Founder of Sets & Reps. He decided to make an application that helped people get a gym workout when not at the gym. He designed, Coded and built the application himself.