#16 Tips to Put More Steps in Your Day
“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were yesterday.” – Steve Young
There is no denying the benefits of walking. Walking is the best possible exercise. It is a gentle, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for all ages, at any fitness level. Studies show that even a short 10 minute walk can immediately boost brain chemistry to increase happiness. [Click to Tweet] Walking boosts endorphins, easing stress, tension and anger. Walking will help to support a lower body weight, increase metabolism, and strengthen the quadriceps, hip flexors, hamstrings, arms and shoulders. All it takes is one small step in the right direction!
Paying attention to how much you move is crucial for self-improvement. Needing some encouragement and motivation to step it up, I recently jumped on the bandwagon and bought a pedometer. After researching the best pedometer for my lifestyle, I chose the Fitbit Flex. The Fitbit allows me to measure my distance traveled, track my overall steps in a day, how many calories burned and eaten, my water intake and even my sleeping patterns. My Fitbit has helped me to stay motivated and has aided in improving my overall health by tracking my activity while encouraging me to move a little more.
I began using it for a week, going about my normal routine. Then I looked for opportunities to make small lifestyle adjustments to help me meet my goals. Below are a few of the ways I have incorporated more activity into my day.
- Start using a pedometer and set a goal of minimum steps per day and week.
- Make it a nightly routine to go for an after dinner stroll. It’s healthy and will help you digest your dinner.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator, both up and down. Walk up and down the escalator.
- Park further away from your office building or the store so that you have to walk farther to the door. [Click to Tweet]
- Instead of using the intercom or sending an email, walk to deliver your message.
- March in place while brushing your teeth.
- During TV commercials breaks, get up and walk around the house. Go get yourself a refreshing glass of water.
- Return the shopping cart to the front entrance of the store when done grocery shopping.
- Ban drive-thrus all together! Park the car, get out and go in to place your order.
- Use the restroom, water fountain and copy machine that is the farthest away from your work area.
- Get rid of the remote and actually get up to change the channel.
- Eat lunch at your desk and use your lunch break as an opportunity to walk.
- When you make a phone call, pace and walk around rather than sitting.
- Sign up for a charity walk.
- Go on a weekend hike. Ohio is full of beautiful parks and walking trails.
- Find a walking partner to engage in conversation or put together a motivational music play list or listen to an audio book. You can get them free from the library.
Being healthy is a lifestyle choice. Take responsibility for you own health and wellness. It’s time to step it up…do something for which your future self will thank you!
How do you incorporate more steps into your day?
August 19, 2015
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