My suburban lifestyle is very car-oriented. I need to drive everywhere because there isn't much within walking distance. There are no sidewalks in my neighborhood. So if I want to get in 10,000 or more steps every day I have to do it deliberately. They don't add up on their own like they would if I lived in a city.
So here's what it takes for me:
- 20 minute walk from my car to my office
- 15 minute walk during an afternoon break
- 20 minute walk back to my car
- 25+ minute walk around my neighborhood
- (Substitute: mowing the lawn once a week)
On Saturday I try to take a longer walk somewhere more interesting than my neighborhood (preferably a local nature center or park). I almost never meet my goal on Sundays because I spend the day with my husband who is not a walker.
It's not hard, but it does take time and effort.