Earlier in the year I talked about how important walking can be when it comes to kick-starting your health . We’ve all heard it a million times, 10,000 steps a day is the magical key to a healthier life. It keeps us fit, burns extra calories and is fantastic for our mental health. Basically, walking is good for us, we get it! That’s all well and good but in reality, how do we actually achieve the mythical 10,000? If you go from your car to your desk and back again, this can be a seriously difficult task. So, my aim here is to give you some useful and easy tips to help increase your steps and get you mobile!
- Park Far Away- So simple yet so so effective! Whether it’s in work, at home, at the school drop off or the supermarket….parking that little bit further away can make the world of difference to activity levels and when it comes down to it, it’s a pretty simple and effective way to get you started.
- Get Off the Bus a Stop Early- Bus, luas, taxi, train, whatever it might be, hop off a little sooner than you need to and walk the rest of the way. I know it’s not always practical for everyone to walk everywhere they go but there’s no reason why you can’t take to the pavement for at least some of the way.
- Schedule a Walk per Week- I’d love to see this increasing to a walk a day, but again, I want to be realistic and make sure we can start small. If a walk a day or every second day is doable then FANTASTIC go for it! But if it’s not, then don’t get disheartened. Aim for one a week and work up from there. It’s super important that this is scheduled and measured so get it in the diary at the start of the week and stick to it!
- Track Your Steps- It might sound silly but tracking your steps can actually help you increase them. I know whenever my fitbit is showing me I’m not doing so good, it gives me the kick up the arse I need to get out and MOVE! It doesn’t need to be a fitness tracker or anything fancy, you can pick up pedometers pretty cheap and most phones have step counters built in. I wouldn’t even worry too much about the accuracy of whatever you’re using, just try and focus on increasing yesterday’s numbers and you’ll be on the right track.
- Have a Walking Lunch- This doesn’t necessarily have to be lunch, it can be a meeting or a break or even just 5 minutes to clear your head. Grab your food or work colleague and get moving. It’s a guaranteed way to not only increase the steps but also help to press the reset button during the work day. You can read more about this concept here.
There you have it, 5 super simple ways to increase your steps and activity and getting you more mobile throughout the day. If you have any other suggestions or anything you’re doing right now, I’d love to hear from you. As always, thanks for reading 🙂