As with any new form of exercise, you have a beginning and intermediate phase, when you are just getting started with your new routine but it has not yet become a habit. You might start out with a huge burst of enthusiasm, but gradually start getting sick of pounding the pavement as you work in your 10,000 steps per day.
Here are some suggestions to help you stay motivated to make your 10,000 steps a healthy habit for life.
On some days you will feel like having a rest. In this case, you could split up the 10,000 steps over the next 5 days, to do 12,000 in total.
Lacking motivation? http://everybodywalk.org/documentary/ is an inspiring video to help keep you on track.
Create a vision board with items that remind you of why you walk, for your health, for fun, and so on. You can create it on your wall or a Pinterest pinboard and share it with others, to inspire them as well.
Planning a walking vacation? Pin images of where you will be going and all you want to see and do while you are there.
Have you had a great walking holiday already? Pin up some of your best photos to remind you how fun walking can be. Picture these places in your mind’s eye as you mall walk or trot up and down the stairs.
Try mall walking. It will get you out of the house for a change of scenery and can be done in all weathers. Just be sure to leave the credit cards at home.
Reward yourself at the end of each day or week of your walking program with a little treat (not food related) for having walked so well.
If you are trying to lose weight, keep tracking it to stay motivated. Reached a weight loss plateau? Count your calories and pick up your walking pace to keep going with your goals.
Sign up for every charity walk in your area.
It will keep you walking and raise money for good causes all at the same time.
Some trackers allow you to post to your social media accounts. Others can see your achievements and cheer you on. They might even be inspired to get away from the computer and start a walking program themselves.
Try one or more of these ideas and see which ones put some pep in your step.