I Resolved to Walk 10,000 Steps a Day on Average This Year. Help.

You know one of those things you do at the beginning of the year, where you tell yourself you'll do grandiose things that you will most likely give up on when February arrives?

That's me. Anyway. I tried setting some realistic goals, one of which is exactly as stated in the title. This year, I resolved to walk 3,3,660,000 steps by the end of the year.

It's now almost the middle of February.


I was not going to do 10,000 steps a day. Some days you want to move, and some days you just want to be a beached whale on your bed. You know the drill.

Unfortunately, my beached whale ways have cost me to be behind by about 40k steps now, and I am slightly and mildly panicking about this.

As an Asian who was brought up to be a perfectionist otherwise I am just a failure, these 40k steps are weighing just ever slightly on me.

There's no scientific data that says that I will be healthier at 10k steps per day than say, a couple of thousands less, and yet... I have successfully turned into one of those Asian aunties who hear that their child has gotten 80% on a test, and instead of congratulating them, say "well, it's not a 100%, is it?"

On the bright side I only apply these idiotic high standards to myself and not any impressionable child, so good job, self.


I was doing so well on the first day of 2020, too. Look.

This is 100% more than my original goal on the first day, thank you very much. Of course, it's easy to get in 20k steps when you exercise in the morning, and then go out for a full day of mall-hopping.

However, when real life starts to hit you, and you have to deal with WORK and PEOPLE and PEOPLE?! (there are two different types of people, people who are just your average people and then people who you suspect are just a bunch of jellyfishes operating in human form so I must make this distinction)?

(Also I picked jellyfish for that description, because jellyfish do not have brains and yet they still have the capability to sting you, and so I have come to conclude that I have been dealing with jellyfishes throughout January)

Trying to achieve 10k steps a day on average gets tougher - especially when you remote work. Going from my bed to my work station literally takes less than 5 steps.

With that in mind, I suppose I should be grateful that I am just 40k steps behind. It is extremely possible for me to do less than 100 steps a day if I should wish to.

I don't have anything against walking. I LOVE walking, and exploring towns and cities by walking. Well-organized cities have a special place in my heart, places where you can get anywhere easily just by walking. Shout out to Melbourne city, you're the best city to walk in, followed by Japanese cities.

My track record for most amount of steps taken in a day remains the day I was in Tokyo for holidays in 2017, and I hit 33k+ steps. I walked from Shinjuku station to Shinjuku Imperial Gardens, took a stroll inside, walked to Gingko Avenue in Harajuku, went through Takeshita Street, and then also went to Shibuya at night.

In real life, however, the average amount of steps per day is about 15% of that beautiful track record. Sometimes it is 0% because I πŸ‘ need πŸ‘ to πŸ‘ rest πŸ‘ thank πŸ‘ you.

To keep my resolution, I wake up early to try to fulfill these steps on my step machine. By the way, I HAVEN'T lost weight. Right now I am convinced that my body fat is just making up for all the commitment men I know don't have. Thanks fat for having my back, and arms, and chin, and...

Since the first day of January, I have used my step machine at least 80% of the time. The rest of the steps were begotten by going out and walking around. As an introvert, that does not really happen, so... most of the steps are from my step machine.

To reach 10k steps, it takes me about 1 to 1.5 hours of constant walking to do so. SIXTY TO NINETY FULL MINUTES OF STEPPING, Y'ALL. That is hard, but I guess not as hard as life stepping on me 24/7.

I kid.

I can't do the step machine on a daily basis, though. I used it for a week straight, and while I was very proud of myself, my legs felt like they were about to wobble off. It turns out it isn't natural to squeeze all your physical activity to 1-1.5 hours, then be a beached whale for the other 23- 22.5 hours. Who would have thought?

There's a song by Destiny's Child titled 'Bootylicious', and one of the lyrics go like this:

"I don't think you're ready for this jelly x2, cos my body's too bootylicious", 

and they are right, I was not ready for my legs to ache the way they did after I started on this 10k steps per day thing. On the other hand, I do still feel like sticking to this goal of a total of 3,660,000 steps by the end of the year.

You can help a woman out, by the way.

You see, after the past 5 or 6 weeks, I can only conclude one thing.

Walking 10k step a day is so much easier when I'm travelling, so really, I should travel more often. If my funds were aligned with my travel needs, I would achieve this goal.

Hint hint.




If only people paid me to walk. I would walk so hard.

But I digress.

I am  hoping to make up the lack of steps by the end of February, but we will see.


Clearly, I still have expectation I will manage to keep to this new year resolution, God bless my optimistic self too.

While I may complain, I do enjoy knowing the fact that my body is capable enough to walk as much as I want it to. I don't do running - unless it's for tea with Tom Hiddleston - but it's truly is a marvel to be sure that if I walk from Shinjuku to Harajuku to Shibuya in one full day, I can EASILY do it again without much backlash, just some aching but never mind that.

It is for this reason alone that I insist on being physically active and to have this goal to remind me to do it, despite being at home most of the time. In January I did a total of 264,535 steps - not too bad for a month where I was only in Bali for 48 hours then stuck in real life with jellyfishes for the rest of the month, I guess? I will have to ramp it up in February, but it's a good start. Wish me luck.

I do recommend people to at least have a steps goal to suffer along with me.When I recall it, it feels great to know that should I need them to, my legs will take me to places I want to go to. It's one of those things you take for granted. Yet when you remember it, you feel grateful for what your body has become, and what it is capable of becoming if you constantly tune it with a moderate amount of exercising.

Now if only I can do my 10k steps and actually reach somewhere, instead of being in the same spot (on a step machine) all the time.




I πŸ˜­ want πŸ˜­ to πŸ˜­ travel πŸ˜­.

The end.