Okay, we all know we’re supposed to walk at least 10,000 steps a day, or around five miles. It seems like an easy task, but in our increasingly sedentary world where we spend most of our day at a desk and most of our nights on a couch, it’s not always easy. If you’re not actively watching your steps with a Fitbit or other device, you could be getting FAR less than the recommended step count.
So, how do you get in your daily steps? We have a few easy-to-follow tips.
- Walk to Work: If your goal is to increase your steps, start walking to work. If you live too far that you need to drive, simply park your car in a parking lot a few buildings over. Or, if you take the bus or subway, get off a few stops early. Take every opportunity to walk.
- Take the Stairs: More likely than not, you work in a building with multiple floors and your office probably isn’t on the first floor. Instead of heading for the elevator, take the stairs to make it to your office. Stairs are great for your legs, help you beat rush-hour traffic, and provide more steps.
- Enjoy a Break: Stop working straight through the day without a break. Whether you take 10-15 minutes over lunch to walk around your building, or you take a 10-minute break in the morning and the afternoon to walk around, a few breaks can really make a difference for your health.
- Walk in Chunks: You don’t have to get all 10,000 steps in one two-hour period. Tackle it in smaller chunks. Try to get 2,000 steps before work, and then, 2,000 steps mid morning, 2,000 steps over lunch, 2,000 steps before the end of work, and 2,000 steps in the evening.
- Set Reminders: Sometimes, the best thing you can do is to remind yourself to walk constantly. Set sticky notes on your desk reminding you to get up and walk. Make a meeting on your calendar and take that time to walk around the office. Set your phone alarm for an after dinner walk.
It doesn’t take much to get to 10,000 steps a day. As long as you keep it in the front of your mind, you’ll find yourself making your goal and making healthier choices.