Join Our Step Into Spring Pledge!

by Jessica Smith
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Join Our Step Into Spring Pledge!


Walking is a wonderful form of exercise that offers so many incredible health benefits, but it can also be a perfect supplement to your regular fitness program, too. More research shows that we’re sitting too often and for too long throughout the day — and that’s even if you are already working out regularly — which is why setting a daily step goal can be a great tool in keeping you up and more active during your non-gym hours.

We created this month’s “Step Into Spring Pledge” to help you set (and achieve) your own daily step count this spring, so join in and let’s help keep each other motivated and accountable!


How many steps should you take each day exactly? While 10,000 steps a day is often used as a general recommendation, it may be too much (or even too little) for your own current needs. And while setting your sights on a high count may sound like a splendid idea, the average adult only walks anywhere between 3-4,000 steps a day, so suddenly doubling your step count from one day to the next may be overwhelming.

The best place to begin is to find out what your current daily average is and then focus on adding 500 extra steps per day until you’ve reached your personal goal for this pledge. If you find yourself within an average range of 5,000 steps or less, you may want to aim to work your way up to an 8–10,000 step count goal. If you are already easily logging in 10,000 steps a day, set your sights a little higher — at around 15,000 steps, if that feels manageable. Please keep in mind these are general recommendations, so adjust them as you see fit to meet your own personal needs and schedule.

Not sure how to track your steps? A pedometer or activity tracker can help you tally up your daily count, so if you decide to use one, try designating a few times each day to check it to make sure you are on track for your goal. This can help prevent obsessing over the number or forgetting to check it until the end of the day when you may feel pressured to catch up to your goal all at once. When using a tracker, keep in mind that most are designed to measure straightforward strides only, which means if you use one for an indoor walking workout, your step count may not be completely accurate as you may be moving more in place, side to side, etc.

While it may seem like a daunting task, if you focus on gradually adding 500 steps a day, and building to your daily goal throughout the day, it can make your goal much more manageable. Squeezing in extra steps doesn’t have to be hard — one of the easiest ways to do it is to focus on making your life less convenient. Parking in a spot further away from the entrance, skipping the elevator/escalator, walking to a colleague’s office instead of texting or emailing them are all simple, sweat-free ways to rack up your steps. (Check out these 5 Ways to Fit More Steps into Your Day for more great ideas!)

One final note: While we want you to achieve your goals, we don’t want you to obsess over it. If you are pacing around your bed at night to squeeze your steps in before bed, it’s time to revise your step strategy. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day or two, but use it as motivation to make sure you plan ahead next time and schedule more ways to incorporate your steps throughout your day.

Thanks for joining in with us everybody! We’re so glad you are here. Let’s start walking!


Leave a comment below, and let us know that you’ll be joining us for the “Step Into Spring Pledge.” You can also check in on social media and tag @MyFitnessPal. We’re here to support each other and be accountable. Don’t be shy, we’re in this together!


  • Kathy Braddock

    I am in

  • Ruby Nauck

    I’m in!

  • Noos2mee2

    I’m definitely in!

  • Hafina Allen

    My fit bit broke and I ordered a new one. It should arrive tomorrow. I’ll wear it on Wed and get a starting step count then.

  • Evleen Naughton

    I’m in 😉

  • Chelsea South Garcia

    I’m in!! 🙂

  • Sarah Rankin

    I’m In.

  • Nancy Goodwin

    I’m in, I’ll try to bump up to 12,0000

  • YinxFed

    Yep, I’m in. And I shall be going for an ultimate goal of 10,000 steps a day by the end of the month!

  • Crystal

    I’m in!!!!

  • Debbi Rivera

    I’m in

  • Sophia Jones

    I’m in

  • Pat Spoonemore

    I’m in,l will start this week.

  • Dawn Carol

    I’m in!

  • Sharon

    I’m in

  • Redrocks

    I’m in! Increasing to at least 8000.

  • Tootie Johnson

    I’m in try to consistently hit 10 and increase to 12-14k

  • Dina Anne Kuhlman

    I’m in!

  • LaCrissa

    I’m in! Starting today.

  • Jasmine

    I’m joining!

  • Marla

    Count me in to the Walking Party ! Happy Steps Everyone!

  • Lawanda Sanders

    I’m in–targeting 8K steps.

  • Carole Sicotte

    I’m in. This sounds like fun! I love to walk

  • Tammy

    I’m in , starting today!

  • France Archambault

    I’m in…going for 10,000

  • kendra stoltzfus

    I’m in!!! 10000 steps every day.

  • Tanya

    I’m in!

  • Michele Bickford

    I’m in

  • Art Spinaci

    I’m in!

  • Tracey Jackson

    I’m in 8000 to 10000 a day

  • Jessamis

    Love to be in!

  • Christina

    I’m in! I’m pledging 10,000

  • Chrissy Bogdonas

    I’m in

    • Chrissy Bogdonas

      This challenge is still not showing up under my challenges. Is this challenge for premium members? I’ve joined another challenge but until this one allows me to join I’m not in 🙁

  • Barbara Laue

    I’m in. 12,000 steps a day

  • Sue Maitland

    Step into spring, count me in

  • Tammy Sandidge

    I am in

  • Tracy

    I am in!!

  • Teresa Getsi

    I’m in!

  • Carrie W

    Count me in, aiming for 10,000

  • Stefanie

    I’m in. Aiming for 10,000.

  • Dawn

    I’m in!

  • Tiffani Rodgers

    I am in aiming for 8000-10000 a day.

  • Melissa

    I’m in!

  • Karen Rowe

    I am in aiming for 10000 steps a day.

  • Jean

    I’m in! Let’s go!

  • Whitney u

    I’m in !! Let’s do it

  • Mistyjazz929

    Count me in!!!

  • Jennifer

    Count me in!!

  • Michael Basham

    I’m in!! I’ll start as soon as I get off of work. Already have 8,700 steps

  • Nicole Colella-Bagner

    I’m in!

  • Sheila Oliver

    Count me in

  • Jes Marie Harmon

    I’m in! 10k/day

  • Christine Graham

    I’m in !
    I’m going to update my steps to 4,500 they used to be at 10,000 for a few years until my health issues caused me to struggle getting even 3,000 steps in

  • Teresa Smith

    I’m in! 10,000+

  • Mel

    I’m in

  • Nicola McIntosh

    I’m in

  • Becky Andrews

    I’m in! 10,000

  • April

    I’m In 8,000-10,000

  • Ralph Dulaney

    I’m in with 8000 to 10000

  • Loriann

    I’m in with 8000-10000. And I just ordered my Fitbit this weekend.

  • Wendy Park

    10,000+ count me in. Loriann you will be addicted to your fitbit, got mine 2wks ago charge 2 love it

  • Debi Andahl

    I’m in with 12,000 to 15,000

  • Rebecca Evanson Hayden

    I am in with 12,000 or more

  • John Lemar

    I am in with 20,000 steps -approx per day

  • M_Lo

    I am in! 10,500 a day:)

  • Missy

    I’m in.. going from 12K up to 15K!

  • Marsha

    I’m in.. 8,000-10,000

  • Elizabeth Ervin

    I’m in 10,000-15,000

  • Amanda M

    I can do this! Going to do 8,000 -10,000. As a student and night-shifted I find it hard to get steps in, but I’m going to try!

  • Beth Mason

    I’m in! 14,000

  • Alicia

    I’m in! 15,000 steps

  • Eb

    I’m in. 8000-10000

  • Sandy

    I’m in 8000 to 10000

  • Gypsy Porter

    I’m in 8000 10000

  • Diane

    I am all in 8 to 10

  • NRavenel

    I’m in- 13,000

  • Cynthia Hollingsworth

    I’m in. Currently at 6K. Aiming for 7-8K

  • Lisa

    I’m in 7K-8K

  • Angela Stogrin-Webb

    I am in I average 3,000 a day

  • Maryellen

    I’m in. 3000-5000 category.

  • Kate Luce

    In 13000 per day

  • Aleksandar

    I do easy 10K just by simply walking to work.I also do around 150 pushups when I rest from the gym. I go to the gym 4 times a week and in between I do pushups and 80min off walking.

  • Mary Kinnikin

    I’m in, going for 8-10K a day

  • Sharon Bailey

    I’m in 10000-15000

  • Cinzia

    I’m in!

  • Lisa Taylor Smith

    I am in. 10000 to 15000

  • Barb

    I am in I usually get 3,000-5,000 daily at work I am aiming for 8-10,000 steps

  • Louise


  • April

    I’m in!!!!

  • Binx

    I’m in!!

  • Peggy Rossiter

    I’m in!

  • Dispdoris

    I’m in!!

  • Marini

    I’m in!

  • Tiffany

    I’m in!

  • samantha hoffman

    I’m in!

  • Cheery Fronteras

    Im in

    • Ashley Nicole

      I’m in

  • I’m in (10K – 15K)!!

  • Jessica Hickman

    I’m in 8K

  • Michelle Krahn

    I’m in! 10-15k

  • Christine L. Black

    I’m in! 5K

  • Kathleen McArthur

    I am in! 3-5k

  • Michelle


  • Debra

    I’m in

  • Kal

    I’m in too

  • Teresa B

    I’m in!!

  • Victoria A

    I’m in!!!

  • giles evenden

    I’m in

  • Juanita

    I’m in! 10,000-15,000

  • Ann

    I’m in 8,000 – 10,000 a day

  • Edna & Preston Roque- Robertso

    I’m with you all so let’s do this and accomplish our goals and then continue, maybe even convert to jogging. Good luck everyone and remember each day is a clean slate so if you have a day that you weren’t able to make your personal goal,it’s OK we will all have that ,it’s part of life. But please don’t beat yourself up over it, conquer it the next day.

  • Sharon Deter

    trying to get back up to 10000+ I’m in.

  • Heidi Chubb

    10000-12000 steps a day, yes!

  • Robin

    I’m in

  • Mye

    I’m in!

  • RicCat

    I’m in.

  • Knitterly Malabrigo

    I’m in!

  • Jemma

    I’m in

  • Brian N René Latting

    I’m in!

  • Brooke Lippy

    I am in. Currently 5-6,000. Stepping it up to 8-10,000.

  • Jaine

    I’m in!

  • Patti

    I am in for 10,000-15,000.

  • Anna Sitton Rogers

    I’m in! My goal is 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. I love the tips on how to fit in more steps

  • Karla

    I’m in!

  • Teresa Harmon

    I am In! 8,000-10,000 steps. Yay

  • Anna Sitton Rogers

    I live in a rural area, and do tech support from my home office 10 hours a day. My 4 year old granddaughter also lives with us. Any other suggestions on more ways to add extra steps? If I don’t do something soon, I won’t be able to drag my rear end along behind me lol.

  • Dianah

    I’m in!

  • Pat

    I’m in!

  • K Nelson

    I’m in!

  • Sweetp

    I’m in! I have to remember to take my phone everywhere I go since it tracks my steps

    • Anna Sitton Rogers

      Same here! I usually leave it on the counter unless I’m using it – another new habit to learn

  • Paula

    I’m in!!

  • jessicasmithtv

    Welcome everybody! So glad you are joining us for this pledge! How is it going so far? 🙂

    • Foula

      I’m in. Going slow

  • Charlotte Scholpp

    I am willing. Going to hike the Redwood Forest in Feb 2018. So need to get moving, not only for that but for my health!

  • Ashley

    I’m in!

  • Kristi B

    I am in! I have a desk job and have been working a lot of overtime lately…meaning extra sitting. This is just what I need!

  • Cathy

    I’m in!!

  • Cheery Fronteras

    Done 13000 steps today

  • Jim Weldon

    I’m In

  • TinyTea

    I’m in…waiting for the rain to let up some then will be steppin’ out!!

  • Lisa Collins

    I’m in! This is my first time joining a MFP group “thing”, is there a way to talk with others and post to the group?

    • Anna Sitton Rogers

      Same here. It took me two hours just to find this thread again today. Surely there must be a better way!

  • Crazy Chicken

    I’m in.

  • MG

    Thanks for the push. I’m in cardiac rehab after a heart attack and this is the extra I need for good heart health.

  • Jennifer C

    I’m in!

  • Amy

    Im in!

  • Ramona C.

    I’m in!

  • Lita Gundolf Wells

    I’m in,

  • Lynn

    Game on!

  • Brittany

    Lets get stepping!! 🙂

  • Sunshine Hardy

    Let’s get moving!

  • Afreya King

    I’m in

  • Heather

    I’m in!

  • Jill

    Count me in! Trying to increase from 9K to 15K. Good luck all!

  • Glenda McIntyre

    I am in!!!!

  • Lifeisgood20131234

    I’m in!

  • Romney Rogers

    I’m in!!

  • Leigh Ann Laird Smith

    I am in!!!! already doing this…. thanks

  • Beth Pezzopane LaQuay

    I’m in!!! Increasing from 10,000 steps to at least 12,000 or more!

  • Mary Ann Bogacki

    I’m in!

  • Paula

    I’m in!

  • Miriam Johnston

    I’m in!

  • Elena Lowenthal

    I’m in 10 to 15

  • Jeanetta Gardner

    I’m in!!! 8k to 10k

  • Marty Parker

    I’m in

  • Beth Workin

    I’m in 10K a day

  • Barbara Nichols

    I’m in

  • Francine Farmer

    I’m in 🙂

  • Shakira Amber Dorsey

    I’m in 6-10 K

  • Jennifer Hickling Kite


  • Debbie Agnew

    I am in too. 10K to 15K.

  • Renee S

    I’m in

  • Lynda Matchko Geragosian


  • Erin Niemer

    I’m in for the Step Into Spring Pledge!!!! YAY!

  • Lakeshia Sadler

    I am in, currently at 11k and going to try to work up to 15k

  • Karen Irish

    I’m in. 5-10k.

  • Tomi Hughes Morris

    I’m in. I sit at a desk all day and I find it really difficult to get above 5,000 when I can’t go to the gym. I have set my daily base at 5,000.

  • Lisa Kees

    I’m in

  • Lori Ruhl Austin

    I’m in! Getting ready to run a 5K next month! 🙂

  • Nancy Crego

    Doing It

  • Melissa Rodney

    I’m in

  • Audrey O’Donald

    I’m in!!

  • Allison Ness

    I’m in!!