9 Ways to Stay Motivated to Reach Your Step Goals!

Staying motivated and walking (almost) every day is the key to hitting any step goal. You already know you want to get healthier and walk more, but sometimes life can get in the way or you lose your motivation halfway through the week. That 10,000 steps per day goal can seem daunting at times, but you can get there! Re-engage with your step plan and discover ways to stay motivated, stay active, and achieve your goals by trying out these tips.

These 10 useful tips will help you stay motivated to hit your step goal and ensure that you get your steps in every day.

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Stay motivated to hit your step goals

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Make a plan:

It can be hard to find time to walk if you haven’t scheduled it yourself. Fitting the time into your weekly schedule will help you to commit and follow through. Make sure to actually schedule your walks, rather than just telling yourself you’ll walk when you have time.

Walk with a friend:

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Whether it is on your lunch break or after dinner, having another person hold you accountable can really help when it comes to getting in those extra steps. If you don’t have a walking buddy yet, get a friend interested in walking and give the gift of health as well as motivation for yourself.

Take the first step

Commit to taking the first step outside the door on days you’ve scheduled to walk. Just taking that first step is usually enough to motivate you to finish your entire walk. If you have to stop early, you can, but chances are you won’t need to!

Engage in friendly competition:

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In addition to walking with a friend, heat things up by making it a competition. For example, the person with the most steps at the end of the week gets lunch from the person with the least. You can also join a friendly competition on Pacer to motivate yourself to walk more.

Brag on social media:

Occasionally posting your achievements for the day or week on social media will gain you a lot of compliments and positive reinforcement, pushing you to continue doing your best to achieve those goals.

Start small:

If you are starting or restarting your step goals, don’t give yourself an impossible goal out of the gate. Starting small by committing to walking at least 5 out of 7 days per week. Try to increase your steps gradually, like adding 2,000 to your goal. This will be more achievable and encourage you to keep going. If you have 5 minutes of free time in your day, take a walk! You’ll get up to the recommended 30 minutes of daily walking in no time.

Reward your victories:

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If you manage to hit your step goals, like going the entire month of hitting 10,000 steps on 5 days a week, reward yourself! The positive reinforcement will help motivate you to keep going. Remember why you’re walking – probably to get healthier, and keep pushing yourself to succeed.

Have a go-to walking route:

This is especially useful for your days off. Having a go-to route to walk where you already know the distance will help you to get those steps on your days off. You can find out using Pacer’s new Routes function.

Don’t give up!

Not hitting your daily or weekly goal is not a reason to give up entirely. Consider adjusting your goal or your schedule so you can ensure more success. Keep working until you’re able to hit your goals!

Make it fun:

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Walking with a friend and catching up can be fun, but what about when you are walking alone? Listen to music, audiobooks or podcasts or learn how to identify some of the passing birds, trees, or flowers, to help you pass the time and find more enjoyment in your longer walks.

Whether you have been tracking your steps for a week or five years, it can sometimes feel overwhelming and difficult to achieve those daily goals. Changing things up and following the tips included here can make all the difference to you and your fitness goals. Give one or two a try, you may just end up jumping in and committing to the entire list!

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3 thoughts on “9 Ways to Stay Motivated to Reach Your Step Goals!

  1. This may not be the correct place, but I have been using this app for awhile now. I still can not figure out how to leave comments for persons I follow without taking a photo of something first. Can someone let me know howe to do this, please.

    1. Hi CA! There’s a few ways to send messages. If you want to reply in a comment to a post someone has made, you can click the comment (…) button under the post. No need to post a photo! You can also send them a private message by clicking on their name to get to their Pacer profile, then clicking the … at the top right and then clicking “Send Message.” I hope this helps!

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