These Tips Will Help You Reach This Milestone
One of the simplest things you can do to improve your health is to just move your body more each day. One of the easiest ways to move more is use our feet and walk around. Studies show that walking 10,000 steps each day will improve health and enable weight loss. So how do you reach this step goal each and every day?
The following tips will set you well on your way to reaching 10,000 steps daily. You don’t have to do all of them, but incorporating one or two of these tips will make a significant impact on your step goals.
Check out the tips below and start reaching your step goals today!
How to Get Started – Tracking Your Steps
There are all kinds of great pedometers and fitness trackers on the market. My favorite is theFitbit Charge HR. It counts my steps, monitors my heart rate, tells me how many times I’ve climbed a flight of stairs each day, and tracks my sleep. It also doubles as a watch, which is great for me because I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get used to using my mobile phone as my primary watch.
For me, the tough part was figuring out how to get in more steps. I’m a stay-at-home mom, and we live in a typically rainy area. Going outside for a walk just wasn’t always in the cards for me. Here’s a list of things I did to get my steps up to my weekly goals:
How to Get to 10,000 Steps a Day
- Make a go-to “loop” in your house. Yes, this is very goofy, but it’s effective. Find a place where you could walk around in a loop (the larger the better) for an extended period of time. I have a “loop” from our kitchen to our front door, and another one in our hallway. If I have a few minutes to get some steps in, I walk the loop. This helps me make use of those few minutes here and there.
- Make laundry last forever. If I’m trying to get steps in and get laundry done at the same time, I’ll make putting away laundry as inefficient as possible. To do this, I take an item out of the dryer, fold or hang it, and then put it away in the proper closet or dresser. Then I go back to the dryer, and do the same thing with the next item. Once the load is done, everything is put away, and I’ve put in a lot of steps.
- Take a walk with your favorite podcast. I love listening to podcasts, so if I’m able to go for a walk outside the home, I listen to one as I walk. It makes the time go by quickly, and I’m either entertained or learning something new as I walk.
- Walk in place (or in your loop) while on the phone. If you like to chat on the phone, this is a great way to get in some extra steps every day. I walked while I was on hold with customer service last week, and I let them know how many steps I got in while I was waiting for them. They were not amused.
- Take a walk as a family. Our mailbox isn’t right in front of our home, so we make a daily walk of going to pick up the mail. Depending on the moods of the littles, this may be extended. A friend of mine made a neighborhood scavenger hunt, and walked around the neighborhood with her kids looking for items she had written on a list (things like garden gnomes, flags, red flowers, etc.)
Now that you are armed with these tips for increasing your daily step goals, get off your computer/mobile device and start walking!
To you health and wellness!
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