How to Complete The "100,000 Steps In A Day" Challenge
Walking isn’t a new concept, most have us have been doing it for a year or so since being born. Despite that, this simple, yet powerful, exercise has captured the attention of those seeking to improve their physical health and fitness. While the recommended daily step count is 10,000, we are challenging you to set a more ambitious target: walk 100,000 steps in a single day. We know, it sounds kind of insane. But it’s not impossible! Let’s talk about how you can reach this goal and walk 100,000 steps in one day.
Your physical and mental health is going to thank you.
How to set yourself up for success by planning, determination, and gradual progression.
What other Elephants users had to say about it.
Walk It Out
Researchers have explored the impact of walking 100,000 steps in a day on physical and mental well-being. A study published in the Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness found that this level of activity significantly improved cardiovascular health, reduced body fat, and boosted overall endurance. Moreover, another study in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research revealed that it led to reduced stress levels and improved mood due to the release of endorphins. Read more about it here.
While the physical advantages of walking are undeniable, the mental benefits are equally significant. Walking 100,000 steps is a powerful way to clear your mind, practice mindfulness, and enhance creativity. If you spend some of your time walking out in nature, you’ll also experience a connection with the Earth that we often don’t feel during our day-to-day.
Take Smart Steps
It is even possible to walk 100,000 steps in a single day? Short answer: yes. However, taking on the 100,000-step journey necessitates preparation and training.
Start by tracking your daily steps and gradually increasing your average. Invest in supportive footwear and plan a feasible route for the big day. It's crucial to pay attention to your body, take breaks, and stay hydrated during your walk. One blogger, Flowerpot Ben, completed this challenge and shared his process and different walking trails he liked the most. If you live anywhere near the English Coast, he shared some beautiful spots.
The BEST way to be prepared is by staying aware of your efforts and progress. Tracking your goals provide a sense of confidence, purpose, and direction, which motivates us to strive for greatness. Elephants is here to help you track your progress in this individual goal while also sharing your story with your friends and other walkers. Set your mind to conquering this challenge, acknowledge that it won't be easy, and remember that every great accomplishment begins with a determined mindset. Be kind to yourself and take it one step at a time (literally).
Walk a Mile In Their Shoes
A few others have accepted this challenge in Elepahants and shared their experiences with us. Lauralee said, "During my walks, I felt a profound sense of peace and clarity. It was like a moving meditation that allowed me to let go of stress and focus on the present moment. My personal record so far is 85,000 steps in one day. It helps if you mix up the locations throughout the day! Go to the mall, the park, walk the treadmill - whatever suits your fancy".
William also took on the 100,000-step goal. He had an overall goal to lose 100 lbs. His health coach told him that walking was one of the best ways to shed fat. He said, "When I decided to walk 100,000 steps, I was really skeptical. All of the fit people I saw were running miles and lifting weights. But dang was I wrong. but the experience was incredibly rewarding. I felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment and discovered a newfound resilience within myself," he shares.
Fitness and challenge enthusiast, Steven, took on the challenge and walked 100,000 steps in a one day. He documented his experience and what it did to his body. Read more and watch the video here.
You’re Kind Of Awe-inspiring
100,000 steps… that’s a lot! It wouldn’t be considered a challenge or goal if it wasn’t something that pushed your comfort limits. When others learn that you’re working towards (or have completed) this goal, they’re going to look at you with a newfound sense of awe. Hey, maybe you’ll attract the kind of attention Forrest Gump had when he ran across the country!
Regardless of the attention it might bring, this goal encourages others to find a fitness and mental health outlet that is low-impact, but incredibly effective. Sharing your journey and insights with friends, family, and the social media world might ignite a spark in someone else, encouraging them to take their first steps towards a healthier and happier life. You might just find yourself a new walking buddy.