Whether or not you have a fitness activity tracker, most people by now have heard about the goal of getting 10,000 steps into your day. It's a fitness craze that has actually been around for years, but has just recently been given a new life with updated technology.
Many modern fitness tracker devices come programmed with a goal of 10,000 steps per day (roughly 5 miles); a number that is said to help reduce certain health conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease, as endorsed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Furthermore, the National Obesity Forum in the UK says that a person who walks 7,000 to 10,000 steps a day qualifies as "moderately active."
Most of us are more sedentary than we realise and according to the NHS, the average Briton only walks between 3,000 and 4,000 steps per day. While getting exactly 10,000 steps per day does not need to be set in stone, focussing on the overall goal of increasing movement throughout the day might just be enough to help you become more active and boost your health.
So how do you get your step count up in order to reap some of these health benefits? The following list will give you some ideas to incorporate more steps into your day to help boost your health.
1. Walk to work.
2. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
3. Walk while waiting for appointments instead of sitting in the waiting room.
4. Take an extra lap when you go to get your mail or paper.
5. Schedule breaks in your day. Most people get a few breaks in their day at work, so instead of sitting, get up and walk for 15 minutes.
6. Divide your day into three parts (morning, afternoon, and evening) and commit to taking a 15- minute walk at each one of those times.
7. Walk and talk. Whenever possible, try to take your phone calls in places where you can walk or pace back and forth while talking.
8. Walk during your kids' activities. If you have kids and they are enrolled in sports or other activities, walk during their practices instead of sitting and watching.
9. Be inefficient. It sounds kind of funny to say, but taking the long way, making extra trips to your car to get your packages, going up and down your steps while carrying single loads of laundry, are all ways to get extra steps in.
10. Get off the bus or train one stop sooner and walk the rest of the way.