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10 Steps to 10,000 Steps

How to Train For Your First Half Marathon

Do you always hear people with FitBits harp on about achieving 10,000 steps a day?

Well I used to, and I didn’t really think anything of it until I started my personal trainings sessions with Beyond Human. The boys really drilled it into me about how important it is to get 10,000 steps a day; it’s not just a marketing tool that pedometer companies use and it’s not just your PT trying to be annoying. It’s actually an important daily goal you should strive to achieve – especially if you live in Dubai.

How to Train For Your First Half Marathon

When I was at university in the UK I was 10kg lighter and a dress size smaller than I am now. It’s also no coincidence that I used to walk for hours and and hours a day (my campus was a 40 minute walk from where I lived, the town centre was a 20 minutes, the gym was another 20 minutes and the library was 15 minutes – total all that up and you’ve got minimum 20,000 steps a day). But when I’m in Dubai, especially when I’m in an office and leading a pretty sedentary life, I can walk as little as 3,000 steps. It’s actually quite horrific when you think about it.

The benefits of getting your steps in are more important than you might realise. For one, if you have a FitBit, you’ll probably know that their recommend daily target is 10k a day, as encouraged by the American Heart Association. Plus, you actually┬áburn the majority of your energy outside your training sessions – don’t think that one workout in the morning means you’re done and dusted with keeping active for the day. It’s also a great way to just chill the f out; use it as a type of meditation, download a podcast, get lost in your thoughts (cringe as that may sound).

Thanks to the targets I’ve been set by James & Michael, I’m now reaching minimum 10,000 steps a day and have plenty of positive results to show for it. I’ve hung up my Marc Jacobs watch and swapped style for steps – I’m officially hooked!

How to Train For Your First Half Marathon


Here are 10 steps to reaching 10,000 steps a day, from the step master himself: James Agus…

Park your car as far away from the entrance to a mall or supermarket as you can…
It might only give you an extra 200-300 steps, but they all add up!

Do the supermarket shop yourself…
Don’t use a delivery service or get someone else to go for you…

Walk your dog…
Seriously, what is it with incompetent people in Dubai who get their maids and gardeners to walk their dogs every day? This infuriates me.

Get up and move every 45 minutes…

Go for walks…
This is one of my favourite ways to get steps. Utilise our amazing (and free) surroundings like Kite Beach and the canal to build up your steps.

Get a stepping partner…
I also find this to be really useful. They will help you get off your arse in the evening and vice versa.

Use the stairs…
This is such an easy way to cheat the system that gets massively overlooked. If I had a Dhs for every person in the office who gets the elevator to go up just ONE floor…

Take walking phone calls…
Pretty self-explanatory.

Walk 30 minutes on the treadmill or go for a run…
And if you can get it done in the morning then it’s a great way to kickstart your day. I also find that if I run in the morning, I’ve already reached about 6,000/7,000 steps by lunch time and it really motivates me to get the remaining steps in before bed.

Use a step tracker…
This might sound like the most obvious one, but on the days that I don’t wear my FitBit I am so demotivated to get moving. But the more I wear it, the more determined I become to achieve a perfect week of stepping!


Do you have any other helpful tips to achieve 10,000 steps? Drop us a comment below, we’d love to hear from you!

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