We are supposed to take 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy – that’s the standard recommendation from the World Health Organization. This may sound impossible at first, but if you change a few of your daily habits, it won’t be hard to get more exercise.
Get More Movement into Your Day with These 7 Tips
1. Walk while brushing your teeth
Do you have trouble getting going in the morning? Instead of sitting on the edge of the tub when you brush your teeth, walk around the apartment. You will see that the three recommended minutes of teeth brushing fly by in no time.
2. Get off one stop earlier
Do you take public transportation to work? Then you could try getting off one stop earlier and logging some steps on your way to work. Plus, the fresh air boosts your immune system.
3. Ditch the elevator
At the mall, in your building or at the office… almost everywhere you go, there is an elevator, and it is costing you valuable steps. So, from now on, take the stairs.
4. Walk and talk
Have you ever considered how many hours you spend a day on the phone with business partners or friends? These conversations are surely taking up a lot of time, most of which is spent sitting in your chair at the office or at home on the couch. Therefore, from now on, you should try walking and talking – both in your free time and at work. There’s bound to be a quiet place at work where you can walk around a bit and still carry on your phone conversation.
5. Make it a habit to walk at lunch
Taking a walk after lunch makes a big difference – even if it is only for a few minutes. You will see that it not only helps to clear your head but gives your body a much-needed break from sitting.
6. Get your steps in at the store
Of course, not everyone is lucky enough to have a grocery store within walking distance. If you have to drive to the nearest supermarket, you should park a little farther away and walk to the entrance. This is a good chance to increase your number of steps per day.
7. Meet friends outdoors
A coffee klatch with friends is always a good idea. Although it won’t help you to reach your 10,000 steps a day, seeing as you will spend most of your time sitting. The next time you want to get together, go for a walk with your friends: get a cup of your favorite coffee in a reusable travel mug and explore some new places in nature.
Benefits of a healthy lifestyle:
- Exercising more improves the quality of your sleep.
- You’ll feel fit faster and be tired less often.
- Being more active can prevent back pain and lower your risk of diabetes.
- Walking 10,000 steps a day burns about 300 calories.