I Walked 10,000 Steps a Day for 30 Days

On June 28, 2023, I committed to walking 10,000 steps a day for 30 days and the experience was transformative.

Today, I’m sharing all the details, including why I set this goal, how I accomplished it, the challenges I faced along the way, what I learned, and what most people want to know – did I lose any weight during the 30 days?

Why I Decided to Walk 10,000 Steps a Day

The impetus for such a challenge was that my typical exercise routine was interrupted by Summer break. Since school had gotten out the month prior and my kids were home, I found it difficult to get to the gym to get my normal workouts in.

During the school year, I usually go to the gym right after I drop the kids off at school. But, during summer, since they are home and not in any camps, I didn’t want to leave them at home to go workout. Also, I’d have to factor in the drive time, and I didn’t want to be gone from home that long.

With the slower pace of summer, staying up late and sleeping in later, I also didn’t really want to do my intense workouts. But, my body craved some type of movement and I know my mind is clearer and I feel better overall when I exercise.

I’ve committed to several different types of fitness challenges in the past (bikini competition, 1/2 marathon, 7 days sugar free, and 9 weeks to beach body). Having a goal and challenge helps motivate me to stick with it – especially if I announce it and have other people to help hold me accountable.

Because I wanted something that wasn’t too physically demanding, and I already had an indoor treadmill, I decided to walk 10,000 steps a day.

The Benefits of Walking 10,000 Steps a Day

The idea of walking 10k steps a day dates back to 1965 when a Japanese company invented an early pedometer called the Manpo-kei, which translates to “10,000 steps meter.”

The potential benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day include:

  • improved cardiovascular health
  • weight management
  • better mood
  • stronger muscle and joints
  • improved bone health
  • better sleep
  • increased energy levels
  • reduced risk of chronic diseases
  • enhanced respiratory health, and
  • longer lifespan

Tracking 10,000 Steps

The best part of a walking challenge is that you don’t need any special equipment to do it, just walking shoes and something to track your steps. I used my Apple watch.

Is the Apple watch 100% accurate for counting your steps?

Maybe not exactly, but I figured it was good enough. You can calibrate your Apple watch to how your arm movements relate to your stride lengths at different speeds when walking or running.

How I Got My Steps In Each Day

If you’re looking to do a challenge like this, the first thing I’d recommend is getting the majority of your steps in early in the day, when you have more energy and the whole day is in front of you.

When you wait until later to get your steps in, you may be super tired or have too much to do, so you end up staying up late to get those steps counted.

I could not get to 10,000 steps in a day without going for a walk. And, I usually needed to walk for about an hour. That being said, I walked at a conversational pace so it wasn’t so daunting.

I quickly realized that if I walked 30 minutes on my treadmill at a speed of 3.5, I’d get about 3,000 steps.

So, my morning routine typically looked like this:

  • get up
  • take vitamins
  • take my dog out
  • fill up my water bottle
  • read
  • journal
  • hop on the treadmill for about 30 minutes

This ended up being such a great start to the day and I really looked forward to it.

30 Days of 10,000 Steps

I chronicled each day of my 10,000 steps journey on my Instagram Stories, and below are screenshots from some of the different days and my insights as the days went on.


Three days in, I was really tired and went to be early!


Day 5

Day 7

Sometimes, it took me until late in the evening to get all my steps in, but I still did it!

Day 8

Day 8 was the 4th of July. I made sure to walk early in the morning because I knew that we’d be out swimming and doing whatever else the day brought and I didn’t want to be worrying about getting my steps in.

If felt great to knock it out on a holiday- even though I noted that it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing right then!

Day 9

I highly recommend using a tracker that you keep visible to check off the days. I was using my journal (which I had to open each day to remember what day I was on).

Day 11

Day 11 was another night I was stressing because we had to go to my son’s football game and I still hadn’t gotten my steps in.

Turns out, we had time between the games and two of my mom friends walked with me around the track until we got to my 10,000. Thank you Manuela and Jen!

Day 14

There were a couple days where it would be later in the evening and I realized I still needed 1,000 steps. 🙁 If didn’t want to get on the treadmill, I would walk around my house tidying up and I could get the rest of my steps in that way.

Day 15

On Day 15, I had to wake up early and get some steps in before the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. For that sale, I’m usually at the store for many, many hours. With my morning walk and running around the store, I got all my steps in!

Day 16

On Day 16, I did something I didn’t normally do, which was to go for a walk at sunset. It was so beautiful outside. I brought my airpods and called my boyfriend for a nice, long talk.

Day 20

We’re on a roll now!

Day 21

Three weeks in and I didn’t want the challenge to end! I found myself really looking forward to my walks.

My mood was better, I felt energized and it was just an awesome thing to do each day!

I looked forward to listening to a podcast, watching a video on my ipad or just being outside in the fresh air.

Day 22, 23 & 24

It’s worth noting that I did ‘extra’ things to get my steps in like taking the stairs or parking at the back of a parking lot when driving somewhere.

If I took my daughter to the park or playground, I’d walk around while she played, instead of sitting on a bench.

Day 25

Sometimes, I didn’t get to 10,000 until pretty late, but I didn’t miss a day!

Day 27

With all this walking and not going to my regular gym, it finally occurred to me that I could join the gym right by my house! It’s very inexpensive and I can walk there in 11 minutes!

Day 28

Day 29

On Day 29 I had to thank everyone on Instagram who encouraged me along the way and helped hold me accountable. I shared my journey on my Instagram Stories and it’s saved to a highlight if you want to watch it there.

It’s very helpful to have someone other than yourself to “report to” and keep you honest. Sometimes it’s easier to let ourselves down than to feel like we’re letting someone else down. It’s not the best trait, but it helped me during this challenge.

Day 30

OMG, I made it! I walked 10,000 steps a day for 30 days! And I didn’t miss a day!

Helpful Tips for Waling 10,000 Steps a Day

  • Review your day the night before, so that you wake up early enough to get your walk in first thing
  • Lay out you walking clothes the night before and rewear if possible
  • Keep sneakers and socks together by the door or treadmill
  • If you’re using a treadmill, keep it set up and ready to go – it didn’t look pretty, but it worked
  • Save scrolling or video/tv time for while you’re on the treadmill or if walking outside, listen to music, audiobook, or podcast – it made me look forward to that time
  • Walk at a slightly challenging, but not killer, pace

Did I Lose Weight During the 30 Days?


Even though weight loss wasn’t necessarily my goal, I lost 4 pounds. I tracked my weight throughout this challenge and from the day I started, to the day I finished, I was down 4 pounds.

I was also watching what I ate, but wasn’t being super strict.

10K Steps a Day Takeaway

Overall, I LOVED this challenge! Of course, there were days when I struggled to get my steps in and didn’t want to finish. But, having a 10k step goal forced me to tidy the house or get up and do something productive instead of just sitting on the couch.

The biggest thing to know is that you’ll have to make time in your day for walks. There’s no way I’d reach 10k steps in my ordinary life. My job is pretty sedentary so I’d probably end up with around 4,000 steps a day if I wasn’t actively trying to do more.

Plan your day the night before so you know exactly when you’ll walk. And, if you don’t have a treadmill, you’ll have to take into account weather and plan to dress accordingly.

Walking everyday made me feel so good! It wasn’t super strenuous and it helped me clear my head and put me in a better mood. Being active helped me make better food choices and I had less time for sitting around.

Are you interested in trying this challenge? If so, I’d highly recommend it!

Did I leave anything out? Feel free to ask away in the comments!

Below are some of the things that helped me during my challenge, including the compact treadmill I used, my apple watch, beats headphones, sneakers, and my favorite activewear.

I walked 10,000 steps a day for 30 days


Have a fantastic day friend!

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Meet Megan

Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. I made it 1004 days of 15k steps a day before a stomach bug took me down! This included the pandemic, vacations and just regular life events. If you want to do it, you will make it happen. I love having a goal every day!

  2. I love this. Thank you for posting. I have a desk job and I use my lunch hour to go for a walk at a nearby park. I walk around the park at least 4 times which is about 2.4 miles. It really helps me get my steps in.

  3. Thank you for sharing your experience! You have just provided me with the motivation I needed. Bless you! I have an unused treadmill and a charming tree lined neighborhood with sidewalks and a walking trail. I really have no excuse not to stick to it now. Would you say you walked outside more than inside during your challenge?

  4. This is a great post. You did such a great job laying it all out and making it super interesting and helpful with the tips. I’ve been walking 10,000 steps a day for YEARS AND YEARS, and it comes down to walking every little bit you can, which adds up. At work, I’ll set my alarm on my phone for every hour and when it goes off, I get up and take a few laps around our huge office. I park far away, I take the stairs instead of elevators. I take a lap around our house outside, and I walk on a trail nearly daily and HAVE A PLAN for what I’ll listen to (podcast, church sermons, music, audio book). It’s my mental health time and I love it. The trick is to walk walk walk a thousand little ways all day long, and then plan some actual time to walk. It’s changed my life.

  5. Thank you so much for this post! I need to do this, I’ve been reading so much about NEAT in addition to regular exercise and how important it really is. Thank you for all of the tips- I would definitely be panicking at the end of the day without planning ahead haha. Also thanks for including the times when you didn’t feel like doing it, it’s so helpful to know that even super fit people don’t always want to do their exercise time 🙂 <3

    1. Yes, I’ve read about NEAT too and I think that’s one of the keys to longer lives in the Blue Zones. Those people just stay more active in their daily lives without actually “exercising”.

  6. I always love your fitness posts, they’re so motivating! I always feel good when I get to 10,000 steps, but also feel stressed when I don’t. Sometimes I miss life prior to knowing how many steps I take in a day haha.

  7. So inspirational! I had a fitbit 2 years ago and walked 10,000 steps/day for 2 weeks. Then I lost the fitbit and fell off the wagon. It’s time to give it another try.
    Random but: can you please link the dining table and chairs you have in the first photo of this post. I’m looking for a new table and new chairs and I really like the look of those!
    Thank you for all your content–such a great variety.

  8. Hi Megan,

    Your post inspired me so much! I would really appreciate more posts from you on your diet/nutrition tips and beauty tips and routines. I really admire your discipline ability to accomplish your goals. I am such a quitter that I don’t even try. I would really like to take better care of myself to feel better about myself. I was closely following you on your journey to quitting sugar. I would love an update and tips and tricks.

    If you are thinking about helping a person with a makeover, I am your girl! Makeover posts don’t really happen and I think it would be genius!

    Thank you for feeling like a friend to all of us! Wishing you and your family all the best!

    1. Hi Anne! Thank you for sharing a bit of you with me. I would start with very small, attainable goals if you find it hard to commit. The 7 days without sugar was by far the hardest for me. Then I had a period where I was eating ice cream every day and also going to starbucks – sugar is a real struggle for me. Now, I’m doing much better – I haven’t had ice cream in awhile and no SB. But, we did make brownies this week and I ate too many. The struggle is real!

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