I Walked 10,000 Steps Every Day for 60 Days

  • Martin Kollie
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I've walked at least 10,000 steps every day for 60 days straight. At a leisurely pace, it takes around 90 minutes to complete the 10,000 steps. Sometimes it's spread throughout the day, and sometimes I do them all at once.

Some days, I didn't feel like walking, but I did it anyway. The hardest step is often leaving the house. Once outside, it's easy.

In 2018, I purchased a FitBit Charge 2, a fitness tracker you wear on your wrist that tracks your sleep, heart rate, steps, and exercise, and makes it very easy to be fit through gamification. Since I've purchased it, I've gotten a lot more active.

I've been on-and-off and noticed that when I'm active, I feel better. I find it easiest to walk every day and maintain a streak.

Why I Walk

I started actively trying to reach 10,000 steps in 2020 during the pandemic. I found it immensely helpful. At the start, my legs and feet used to ache every night, but now I've built muscle, and I can do it with ease.

There is now a metric for the amount of exercise I do. It is important to find one thing to be consistent in. Every time I stay consistent, I notice benefits: more focus, clearer thoughts, and better sleep. I've also noticed that I don't get exhausted on inclines anymore.

What I've Learned

I've tried walking with music, with podcasts, and without anything. I find that walking with no music is really good for self-reflection.

In the morning, it makes a huge difference. I've listened to Andrew Huberman's podcast, and he mentioned that going for a walk in sunlight shortly after waking provides a natural, consistent energy boost that does not diminish over time. Essentially, it can be as effective as coffee.

This month marks my longest streak of 60 consistent days. Not too bad. I'm going to keep going.

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