It seems like everyone is wearing a fitness tracker these days. And if you are like most, once you have one of these nagging little devices, you become obsessed with getting in your daily 10,000 steps. The simplest solution is to just get out and walk a mile or so in the morning, but sometimes, that just isn’t practical. This article will discuss ways to get in your steps doing normal daily activities.
The quickest and most efficient way of racking up those steps is always to walk more than you have to. This may sound redundant, but think about it. How often have you gone to the grocery store and circled the lot looking for a close space? Just pull into the first spot you come to and walk the extra distance. If you take public transportation, get on or off at the next stop and walk the remaining distance. At the office and need a restroom break? Walk to the one on the other side of the building or an adjacent floor. Speaking of which, always take the stairs where you can.
Taking steps doesn’t mean you actually have to go anywhere. After all, you’ve spent time on a treadmill, haven’t you? Walk in place while you are on the telephone, or if you are on a cellphone, just keep walking while you are talking. Don’t fast forward through commercials when you are watching TV, march in place. This can give you 15 minutes of walking every hour. Anytime you are doing what is usually a stationary activity, such as cooking, brushing your teeth or washing dishes, just lift your knees and walk in place.
Never stay stationary for more than 30 minutes. If you work at a desk all day, set a timer to go off every half an hour. Get up and walk around the office for a few minutes. If you are in a waiting room at a doctor’s office or anywhere else, keep moving. People will just think you are nervous, but you are getting in the steps. Don’t sit through your entire lunch break. After you finish your meal, get up and take a stroll for the rest of the hour.
The best, and probably healthiest, way to get in your steps is in a single prolonged hike, but if you don’t have the time, just spread the steps out throughout the day. If like most people, you are up for 16 hours a day, that’s only 625 steps an hour. The whole goal behind the fitness trackers is to stay active. The benefit of taking your steps throughout the day is it will keep your heart rate and metabolism elevated, which has its own benefits. However, you choose to get in your steps, keep walking.