Workout Review: 10,000 Indoor Steps Challenge with Joanna Soh

Getting those 10,000 steps in each day can be challenging during the winter…or on rainy days…or when you just can’t get away from the house.  Fortunately, though, there are plenty of options for getting some steps from home—like the “10,000 Indoor Step Challenge” with Joanna Soh. 

The setup for this 30-minute YouTube video is pretty basic: just Joanna against a white wall in a generic-looking studio, with a countdown timer in the top left to count down each step.  Joanna takes viewers through 15 different moves—each in 30-second intervals, with 30 seconds of walking in place in between—before running through the entire workout a second time. 

Joanna herself makes a likable instructor.  She’s upbeat and easy to follow.  She explains each step while demonstrating them, and her cheery personality will motivate you to keep moving for the full 30 minutes. 

The moves here are all pretty easy—some side steps, kicks, and side-to-side movement.  They don’t require a lot of explanation or a lot of coordination, which makes them great for viewers of all ages and fitness levels.  And they take up minimal space, so you’ll be just fine in your living room or a small workout area.  These different steps offer a full-body workout, too, taking time to work not just the leg muscles but arms and abs and glutes along with them.  You’ll definitely work up a good sweat while doing this workout.

Still, while the title of the video is “10,000 Indoor Step Challenge,” that’s actually deceiving.  You won’t get 10,000 steps by doing this half-hour video.  That would require some serious stepping.  At the end of the video, Joanna checks her watch and says that the workout was actually around 4,000—which isn’t bad for a half-hour workout. 

My greatest challenge with this video was the soundtrack.  Some light but upbeat instrumental music plays in the background, but it’s quite quiet, with no strong beats.  Joanna doesn’t really seem to follow the beat, either.  In fact, she recommends moving at your own pace—whether you feel like going faster or need to slow it down.  But while that keeps the workout flexible for viewers of all fitness levels, though, it can be confusing.  It all feels a little aimless and uneven—so if you like a good beat to keep you moving through your workout, you’ll struggle with this one.

– Easy steps in short intervals
– Works different parts of the body
– Upbeat instructor who’s easy to follow
– Flexible workout allows you to move at your own pace
– Countdown clock helps you keep track of your moves
– Makes you work up a sweat while getting your steps

– Title is deceiving
– Generic music doesn’t give you a solid beat

You can find the full workout on YouTube:


Kristin has been hitting the trail (or the treadmill) for a walk almost every day for the past several years, and she recently completed her first half marathon. She loves sunny fall days, cushy walking shoes, and coconut caramel iced coffee from Dunkin.

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