Walking 10,000 steps a day is considered a benchmark for staying fit and healthy.
It’s an easy target to follow and can also motivate you to ditch the car and get moving, but sometimes it’s not easy to hit that goal every day.
But there are some clever ways to help you get your steps in.
Why 10,000 steps?
In the 1960s in Japan, a researcher called Dr Yoshiro Hatano discovered that to remain at our optimum health we needed to be burning 20% of our calorie intake. Which on average, happened to be 10,000 steps.
Now The World Health Organisation recommends that people reach this goal each day to improve their health.
10 of the easiest ways to get your 10,000 steps in
1. Take the stairs
Don’t take the lift or escalator, opt for the stairs every time!
2. Walk on the treadmill while you work
A treadmill at your desk or a standing desk can help you stay active and keep you moving.
3. Get a dog
Only if you are a fan of pooches, mind! Walking the dog for just 15 minutes can help you get nearly 1,000 steps in!
4. Walk to work
Depending on how far away you work, you could easily get in over 1,000 steps by doing this every day.
5. Park further away than you need to
The extra steps of walking to or from your car adds up quickly.
6. Take you calls while out for a stroll
Why not take your work calls outside? A 30 minute stroll is worth 1,800 steps!
7. Hoover the house
Keeping your floors clean can help you rack up around 94 steps per minute – now that will make a serious dent in your daily step goal.
8. Arrange a park playdate
While the kids play, you walk the perimeter or why not add a swing set work out.
9. Play with your kids
Did you know that a simple game of hide-and-seek can help you get up to 10,000 steps alone?!
10. Go for a walk after every meal
Not only will it help you digest your meal but a brisk walk will also help up your daily count.
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