Walking is a great way to add extra movement into your day and boost your health. Walking can help you maintain your weight, reduce stress, boost your immune system and reduce your risk of developing Diabetes and Heart Disease. I make sure to achieve at least 10,000 steps a day in addition to my regular workouts like running and yoga.
Walking 10,000 steps a day roughly equals five miles. However, most of us grossly overestimate how many steps we actually do take in a day, which for the average person is usually 3,000 or less. I personally wear a Fitbit to calculate my steps, but any old pedometer would do if you don’t want to spend too much money. Each day I have a goal of reaching those coveted 10,000 steps and on the days I run I try to reach 15,000 steps. Achieving my step goals can be difficult and there are many days where I have to get creative to reach them.
Here are my tips on how to add more walking and steps to your day:
- Create a step goal that challenges you.
- Walk during your work breaks. I get a 45 minute dinner break and 25 of those minutes I walk, this not only helps me to achieve my step goal, but it also relieves my stress! Getting out of the building into the fresh air clears my head.
- If you need to take 5 items from point A to point B, do it separately. I do this at work all the time. I need to pick up papers to enter my charting, so I pick up one at a time.
- Jog in place during commercials while watching TV.
- Park far away from your actual destination, trust me, the steps add up.
- Take your dog for walks. If you don’t have a dog, then maybe consider getting one!
What are you waiting for? Get out there and start walking!
Toni Church began writing her blog, Running Loving Living, in order to document her daily life and her personal running goals. She regularly runs in half marathons but also likes to focus on core strengthening through yoga and weight lifting.