Thursday, October 30, 2014

8 Easy Ways to Get to 10,000 Steps a Day


They say that 10,000 steps a day is what we should do, but how many of us actually make that goal? On average, a normal person walks about 5,500 steps per day-slightly more than half of what is recommended.

Studies conducted since then suggest that people who increased their walking to 10,000 steps daily experience health benefits. One study found that women who increased their step count to nearly 10,000 steps a day reduced their blood pressure after 24 weeks. Another study of overweight women found that walking 10,000 steps a day improved their glucose levels. Walking certainly does have its benefits, but in order to acheive them, you must walk enough.
To count your steps, you can purchase a pedometer or use your iPhone. I personally love the app called Argus-it is free!


Get your pedometer ready and let's go! 

Here are 7 easy ways to get to 10,000 steps a day:
  1. Use your breaks wisely. If you have a desk job, try taking a walk during your lunch break. If you are taking your 15 minute break, take a walk outside.
  2. Park further away. Park further away from your building instead of snagging the best or closest spot available.
  3. Utilize the stairs to your advantage. Skip the elevator and take the stairs, if available. For more of a workout, skip a step when you walk up.
  4. Take an early morning walk. Start your day with a power walk before or after breakfast. It will not only up your step count, but it will help you to clear your mind for the day ahead. Who doesn't love a breath of fresh air?
  5. Also, walk after dinner to help unwind for the evening. After dinner time, my family and I love taking walks. It helps us to get in that last bit of steps for the day and to help unwind for the evening.
  6. Go shopping. Shopping will burn up those steps without you even realizing it! Plus, it is fun. Head on over to the mall or to the grocery store and shop away.
  7. Do chores. Chores are another way of getting a workout in, without realizing it. Plus, amongst taking lots of steps, you will also find yourself squatting, bending, and so much more.
  8. Lastly, put some "umph" into it. Don't just walk, get into it. By making multiple movements, you will burn more calories while getting your steps in.

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