It’s so important that we get regular exercise but as we all know, it can be hard sometimes. We might not have time or the money for the gym, we might not be able to get to classes or we might have mobility issues. Regardless, we should all be trying to do something each day and one thing to think about is your step count. It’s recommended that adults try to get in 10,000 steps each day and there are lots of different ways that you can reach that. Here are some ideas for how to reach your daily step goal:
Ditch the car
While this might not be something you can do all the time, there are probably different times of the day where you could get by without the car. This might be walking on the school run, nipping to the shop or popping into town to have a coffee with your friend. Having a car can make things easier and quicker but if things are within walking distance then this is a good way to add some steps to your daily total.
Share with a friend
Sometimes it can be easy to put off any kind of exercise if you do it alone. You could ask a friend to go for a walk with you every now and again, maybe on a lunch break if you both have the time. Walking with a friend, catching up and having a good chat along the way will help you to add some extra steps without much effort at all.
Get the kids involved
If you have a family then you’re probably busy in one way or another most of the time and you might find it hard to get away for some child-free time. Be sure to get the kids involved in your step count on a weekend, or after school, and get them out of the house for a walk. You don’t have to be out for hours but even a half an hour walk around time will bump up your total. A bigger walk somewhere like the woods or on the coast might even put you over your goal for the day.
Use your home
If at the end of the day you’re close to your step goal but just not quite there you don’t have to leave the house to add those extra steps in. Dance it out in your living room, go up and down the stairs a few times or maybe even walk around the garden if the weather is nice and it’s not too cold. At least this way you can reach the 10,000 steps without having to go anywhere else to do it.
Walk the dog
If you’re a dog owner then you have the perfect excuse to get outside and rack up those steps. Taking the dog for a walk, no matter for how long, will really help to add to that step count. Small dogs might only need a short walk every day while larger dogs might need a couple of walks. Add an extra 10 minutes on each walk and you’ll be hitting 10,000 steps in no time.