October 11, 2016
Easy Ways to Walk 10,000 Steps a Day
Walking can help lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, maintain fitness levels, and lead to weight loss. Unlike more complicated exercise programs, walking is inexpensive, easy to do, safe for almost everyone, and you can do it pretty much anywhere. The Surgeon General recommends adults walk at least 10k steps a day or five miles a day (2,000 steps covers roughly one mile). However, with desk jobs and hectic schedules, most of us are only walking between 4,000 and 6,000 steps per day. Here are some simple ways to get more movement during your average day. Don’t forget to wear your activity tracker!
- Start your day off with short walk.
- Walk the kids to and from school or their bus stop.
- Skip the elevator or escalator and opt for the stairs.
- Take a stroll during the second half of your lunch break.
- Pace back and forth while talking on the phone.
- Park your car on the opposite end of the lot for some extra steps. If you have extra time, walk a lap around the lot for some bonus steps.
- Play with your kids. Create family activity time and play ball, have a dance contest, or hold back yard races.
- Get off the couch. Walk around the house or march in place during commercials.
- Skip the phone call. Instead of calling your friend to catch up, meet her for a walk instead.
- Walk while the kids have sports or dance practice, rather than sitting and waiting for them.