10,000 Steps a Day Made Easy
The NHS recommends that 10,000 steps should be taken each and every day however the average is way below approximating only around 3,000-4,000 steps. Walking 10,000 steps a day can help improve your health, build stamina and burn excess calories. Therefore, these simple tips can help you get more physically active and achieve more steps within your daily lifestyle.
If you're not a very active person then don't worry, nobody is expecting you to start walking 10,000 steps a day in your first week! Build exercise up slowly by gradually increasing your steps. Consult a GP if you have any health issues that concern you prior to starting.
How to increase steps at work
- Try and get out the office during your breaks, go for a walk and get some fresh air, it can help you increase concentration levels and reduce tiredness.
- Take the stairs instead of any lifts or escalators.
- Start going to a different rest room, printer/photocopier or water fountain that is further away.
- Get off the bus on an earlier stop and walk the extra distance.
- Park further away in the carpark from your work entrance.
- Try different walking routes on your walks home or during breaks to mix it up and add a variety.
How to increase steps at home
- Go for walks in the evenings around where you live.
- If someone else in your family usually walks the dog, then go with them or start doing it yourself.
- Instead of driving to the local shops or into town, walk it!
- Do some gardening, such as mowing the lawn!
How to make walking more fun
- Having a walking partner or buddy so you have someone to chat too whilst you walk.
- Pop your headphones in and listen to music whilst you walk.
- Plan interesting walks on your days off.
- join a walking group.