Walk Walk Walk Walk – The Agora display in Grant Park, Chicago, IL

My Approach to Daily Walks & Counting Steps

I love walking. I have been walking for fitness for many years. But, I too have to be strategic in order to stay motivated to do my daily walks. I keep in mind the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, tracking my daily steps, “walktography and strategizing for inclement weather.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Ed.

When I walk, I keep in mind, the suggested fitness standards for adults. Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults include the following:

  • 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity or
  • 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity or
  • 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity or
  • 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.

Counting Steps

My standard for daily steps is 10,000 steps per day. I try to do at least 10K steps on most days of the week. Hence, I have to be able to have each step counted. There are many fitness trackers on the market. I have been using my faithful Vivofit tracker for well over 10 years. The Garmin app is used to track steps. Plus, I maintain an Excel spreadsheet maintain my privacy and personal records.

Vivofit

Achieving Goals on Bad Weather Days

I would love to do outdoor powerwalking every day. But, I live in the Midwest where we have horrible winter months. I have pushed back from renewing my fitness center membership during the pandemic. So, I had to get creative on how to achieve minutes and steps indoors for about 4 months each year.

To prepare for bitter winters, back in November I purchased a treadmill and Mini-Stepper. I used both along with my Walk Away The Pounds – DVD.

My in-home workout systems!

Walktography

I think I created the word, “walktography“. I never heard of it before until I used it… LOL. During the pandemic, I started “walktography” which is the art of taking photos while walking. Walktography has been extremely helpful in motivating me to get out and walk walk walk! Here are some photos I snapped during my outdoor walks during the pandemic.