10,000 steps a day?

You can do it!
6-week challenge starts in May

Want to become more active?

  • Join our 6-week challenge to take 10,000 steps a day.
  • You might also win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards.
  • All you’ll need is an activity tracker, pedometer, or a smartphone.

Here's what you need to know:


The challenge begins on Monday, May 18, 2020 and ends on Sunday, June 28, 2020.


Sign up before the end of the day on Friday, May 15, 2020.


  • EMAIL: You’ll receive a weekly email with tips for getting in your steps, reminders, and other information for that week.
  • FACEBOOK: Optionally, join our private Facebook group where you can get support, share encouragement, and celebrate your achievements. After you’ve signed up for the challenge, go to the Facebook group and request to join.


Record the actual number of steps you take every day; you’re on the honor system!


Every participant who submits the recorded minimum number of steps—a 6-week total of 270,000 steps*—will automatically be entered into the random prize drawing.


Download the log sheet (.XLS) (.PDF) and save it with your FULL NAME in the file name. Example: Rachel_Bigler_Log_Sheet.xls. Completed log sheet must be submitted to getfit@med.mit.edu by Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Each participant may only submit one log sheet.


  • Don’t have a smartphone? You can pick up an inexpensive pedometer online.
  • Have a smartphone, but don’t own a fitness tracker? No problem. Your smartphone came with a step-tracking app— “Health” for the iPhone, “Google Fit” for Androids. If you’re not a fan of those, we can suggest these other free, downloadable apps:
    • iPhone users: Accupedo Pedometer, Pacer, Stepz, Steps: Pedometer, StepsApp Pedometer, StepUp Pedometer, Walker - Pedometer M7 - M12, Runtastic, and Wokamon (this one has a game-like feature to it).
    • Android users: Accupedo Pedometer, Noom Walk, StepUp Pedometer, Walk With Map My Walk, Runtastic, and Wokamon (this one has a game-like feature to it).


We asked, you answered. The top four ideas for steps from your fellow participants were:

  1. take the long way
  2. walk during lunch breaks
  3. use the stairs
  4. set timers to move around

For more ideas, see this PDF flyer. We hope these ideas help as you veer towards the finish line!


* Since the name of the program is “Step Your Way to 10,000 a Day,” people who can do math—which, as it turns out, is a LOT of people at MIT—wonder why the total step goal is 270,000. After all, 10,000 daily steps x 7 days a week x 6 weeks = 420,000 steps. But our total goal is somewhat lower, because we know that nobody hits the mark every time, whether we’re talking about steps or anything else in life. We want this program to be encouraging, so, while we’d like people to aim for 10,000 steps a day, if you don’t hit the goal from time to time, that’s okay. Making it to 270,000 steps in 6 weeks shows that you really tried.