Example Goal: Get 10,000 steps per day

Here are a few different ways you can set up a steps goal with Beeminder!

First, you'll want to decide whether you'll be entering data manually or using another device to report the data to Beeminder automatically. We highly recommend using an automatic data source if you have one — then you can spend more energy worrying about doing your steps and less about remembering to update your data all the time!

We have direct integrations with Fitbit, Garmin and Apple Health fitness trackers. If your preferred service isn't in that list, you might also want to check IFTTT and Zapier to see if it's covered there (and we'd love to hear about the potential integration!). Both of those services can be used to automatically send data from an outside service to a Beeminder goal.

If you've opted to use an automatic data source, follow the link for your device to get goal setup instructions. If you're going to enter data manually, keep reading!

Manual-entry step goal setup

  1. Head to create a new goal (also accessible through the New Goal link in the top menu).
  2. Click the + icon to start a new manual entry goal.
  3. Goal creation page: "How will you track your progress?" Below there is a button with a + sign on it, with the caption "Add progress manually to Beeminder"
  4. Select Do More as your goal type (because you want to Do More steps).

    Goal creation: Select goal type. Shows all the current goal types (Do More, Do Less, Lose Weight, Gain Weight, Custom, Odometer and Whittle Down), with the Do More option in the top left highlighted.
  5. Enter the number of steps you want to commit to. For example, you might want to do 10,000 steps per day, which is the same as 70,000 per week. A 50,000 steps per week goal would be the same as 7,143 steps per day.

    If you want to delay your goal's start a few days (maybe you're traveling this weekend), be sure to tick the Start this goal with extra leeway box. Enter the number of days you want to delay and press Continue.
    Goal creation page: "Commit to at least" followed by a stepper that you can click or a data entry box you can put the number in. Below that, you can enter the name of the units for your goal, e.g. "steps", and check a button to add extra leeway to choose when you start the goal.
  6. Give your goal a brief name. If you want, you can also write a short description with more information.

    "Give your goal a name", followed by two text entry boxes. The first allows you to enter a short slug which will name your goal and create a URL for it. The second textbox allows you to set a short description, and is optional.
  7. Finally, choose your initial pledge. This is the amount you will pay the first time you derail on the goal. After derailing, the pledge will increase by default — use the dropdown below to control how high it goes. In the example below, I have chosen to start at a $5 pledge, which will increase each time I derail, until it reaches $270 — the pledge cap. (To read more about pledges and payments, check out some FAQs!)

    Screenshot of the "Pledge your money" screen, showing the starting stakes (choosing between $0 and $5 using radio buttons). The text below that says "Your pledge will increase each time you derail until you reach your pledge cap", with a demonstration below showing the pledge progression: 5, 10, 30, 90... to the pledge cap, which is a set of stepper buttons currently showing $270.
  8. And now my goal is ready to go! I'll need to get stepping in 4 days to avoid paying Beeminder my first $5!

    Example goal, in which shanaqui has +10000 steps due in 4 days, or they have to pay $5


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