To reach 10,000 steps in one day, pick areas of daily life where more walking can be incorporated, such as walking the family pet, using the stairs instead of the elevator and walking around for leisure activities such as window shopping. Ten thousand steps is the equivalent of 5 miles.
In addition to learning ways to walk farther each day, there are steps a person can take to increase the chances of sticking to a plan that incorporates more walking into his life. One way to do this is by purchasing a pedometer. These are devices that track many aspects of walking, such as miles walked, miles per hour walked, number of steps and even aspects of metabolism, such as calories burned. Make a commitment to walking more and treat it as you would any other goal or task that needs to be accomplished. It may be helpful to keep a journal of the time spent walking during each day. Reminders, such as alarm clocks, can be set to help the person attend his walking session or sessions. Finally, consider elevating the intensity of the steps that are taken, even if 10,000 steps aren't achieved, by walking on inclined surfaces or with light dumbbells.