Most people nowadays do not reach 10,000 steps per day unless a real effort is put forth. With so many of us sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day, we don’t move much during the day.
But fear not! There are so many simple steps you can take to up that step count.
- Get outdoors after dinner. Summer is already here, so take advantage of the long evenings. Taking your family on a walk for 30 minutes after dinner will do everyBODY some good.
- Make excuses to walk at work. Instead of sending inter-office emails, find a reason to walk to a co-workers desk and chat about what you are working. This seems a little silly but all of those steps add up.
- Park your car in the furthest spot. Practice this one every day, rain or shine. Whether it’s the grocery store, work, or you kids’ soccer game, you’ll be getting in those extra steps. And remember, you can either wait ten minutes in the Starbucks drive-thru or you can get another 200 steps in just by walking inside.
- Look for “extra credit” steps. For example, instead of sitting on the sidelines during your kids practice, use that time for some extra movement. Walk around the practice field, and encourage other parents to join you. I’m sure your child will not be embarrassed at all (yeah right!).
All of these things together make for one happy, healthier you. We may have a need to look great on the outside, but looking great also means taking care of what is on the inside. So bust out your 10,000 steps! Which by the way ends up to be about 5 miles a day (don’t be scared, you can do it!)