Getting the recommended 10,000 steps a day just got a lot simpler
We’ve always been told that walking 10,000 steps a day can keep us healthy. This number originated in Japan in the 60s and has been extensively studied and recommended to the general public ever since. While it may seem like a lot, it’s actually quite easy to achieve. Follow our suggestions and you’ll reach your daily goal before bedtime.
HOW TO ADD EXTRA STEPS TO YOUR DAY
Wear a fitness tracker: Smartwatches – and wearable technology in general – are extremely popular right now. These devices let you track your fitness progress and monitor how many steps that you take in a day. If you wear one every day you’ll be able to observe if you need to increase your physical activity, and by how much.
Compete with a friend: Wouldn’t you agree that an activity always becomes more enjoyable when there’s a little friendly competition thrown into the mix? If you and a friend (or significant other) each have fitness trackers, challenge them to see who can take the most steps in a week. Log your activity for seven days - the winner gets a free 20-30 minute back massage at a spa (or by the loser!) or a free healthy breakfast at the café of their choice.
Go for a walk after lunch: Even just 10 minutes of brisk walking can add 1,000 steps to your day. Use this time to disconnect from your job, enjoy a bit of nature, listen to a podcast, or make a quick call to a friend to catch up.
Take the stairs: It can be tempting to take the elevator or escalator (even we’re guilty of it sometimes!), but taking the stairs can add up to 311 steps a minute. You’d have to move at a pretty brisk pace, but do it a few times a day and those steps will pile up quick.
Get off a stop earlier: If you take public transportation, you can easily add extra steps in your day just by getting off a stop earlier. Those extra few minutes of walking to your job (and house) can really help.
If you follow our tips you’ll be able to meet the 10,000 step quota. But just don’t forget to do some cardio activity at least three times a week!