10,000 STEPS A DAY!

Do you have time to workout? If not this could be the perfect solution and motivation for you to get enough exercise in your day to keep you fit and healthy. All you will need to do is buy a pedometer and away you go!

Aiming for 10,000 steps per day, which is the equal to 8 km is the perfect way to keep in shape when you lead a busy life. If you put your pedometer on first thing in the morning you can check throughout the day how many steps you have done! Then if at the end of the day you have only done 7000 steps you will have to walk enough to make up 10,000 steps before you go to bed. It is like you have your own Personal Trainer with you all day! If you then record your steps every night before bed it is a great incentive to beat your daily total the next day. Or why not have a competition with a friend or partner and make a prize for the winner at the end of the month!

See what category you fall under before you start the 10,000 steps challenge.

Steps Per Day
Activity Level
<5,000
sedentary
5,000 – 7,499
low active
7,500 – 9,999
somewhat active
>10,000
active
>12,500
highly active

Unless you have a very active lifestyle or profession, you probably don’t reach 10,000 steps on a given day without putting some effort into your activity. Here are some ways that I get in close to 10,000 steps per day, which incidentally also helps fight heart disease and improves mental well-being.

–   Walk to work or public transport

–   Clean the floors

–   Walking around your home or workplace when on the phone

–   Parking on the far side of the car park

–    Taking the stairs instead of the elevator of escalator

–   Taking several quick walks around the block throughout the day, in between meetings, phone calls & writing assignments

–   Walking or cycling to the nearest grocery store

–   Working in the garden, which often involves quite a bit of walking.

–    Taking the dog for a walk (they’ll love your forever).

–    Meeting a friend for a walk before coffee

So if you have any more ideas of how to get your 10,000 steps in on a daily basis, please share – together we can become fitter one day, one step at a time.

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