Every day my Fitbit fitness tracker is set to a goal of 10,000 steps. Some days, achieving 10,000 steps is hard; some days it seems downright impossible. But no matter what the day brings, I rarely fall short of my 10,000 steps goal, even with a busy schedule to tend to. If you’re having difficulty fitting 10,000 steps a day into a busy schedule, or you don’t set step goals for fear of not reaching them, take a look at my easy everyday tips and tricks for making 10,000 steps a day as simple as a walk in the park.
- Park a little further away
When you’re driving around a car park looking for an empty space it’s instinctive to look for the space closest to where you’re going. But when you’re aiming for 10,000 steps a day, it’s all about getting in a few extra steps where you can. Parking a little further away will help you build up steps, and because there are usually more free spaces at the far end of the car park, I find that I generally don’t even lose any time by parking further away.
- When taking public transport, get off a stop or two before you need to
This handy tip has even been used in government campaigns to get people moving, and with good reason. It is such a simple way to build up steps. It also works in reverse: if you’re waiting for public transport and you know it’s not due for a while, walk to the next stop or station.
- Walk around the block on your breaks
Whether you’re at work or at home, take a few 10 minute breaks throughout the day to walk around the block.
- If possible, walk to when running errands
One of the best ways to build up steps (and save money) is to walk to the grocery store every day or every couple of days and buy just what you need to get you through until the next trip. This way you get a decent walk in as well as avoiding over-buying food that will be wasted.
- Break it up into smaller lots
10,000 steps can seem like a daunting amount of exercise. If it begins to seem unachievable, try breaking it up into smaller increments. Say you’ve got 10 hours in a day in which you can reasonably get some walking time in; that’s 1000 steps every hour, which is very do-able even if you’re stuck in the house or the office.
- Wear a fitness tracker
Before I wore a fitness tracker, I considered myself to be about at an average level of fitness. I walk a lot and I eat well. When I began wearing a Fitbit, though, I discovered that on some working days I was only walking 3000 steps per day. The Fitbit gave me the motivation to try and reach 10,000 steps each day and encouraged me with small, symbolic rewards to keep going. If you’re motivated by competition, you can hook up with friends via the Fitbit App and compete to reach your daily step or distance goals.
- Buddy up
Pair up with and friend and get some walking-talking time in. Beware, though, this method isn’t for everyone. If you’re going to do more talking than walking, stick to solo exercise for better results.
- Walk while talking on the phone, reading, waiting for the kettle to boil, etc.
Don’t let any time be unnecessarily spent sitting down or standing still. Every moment you’re sitting down throughout the day is time spent NOT gaining steps. Once you learn to be aware of your activity, it becomes second nature to walk in those fleeting instances of spare time.
- Do things the hard way
It’s instinctive (especially in mothers) to be practical, save time and cut out any unnecessary walking time. These are great skills to have, but the ability to be super-efficient can easily be “unlearned” to gain extra steps throughout the day. For example, when you need to pick up a few things from around the house, go and get them one by one; when you’re cleaning up, put one item away at a time. Sometimes I even leave the washing in the laundry and go back to get a few pieces of clothing at a time to hang outside. It sounds ridiculous and is counter-intuitive, but these little nonsense-walks really help to build up steps on days when you don’t leave the house much.
This is one of the best-known fitness hacks: never take the escalator. Taking the stairs is not only a great way to build up steps, but it also builds muscle strength and helps to raise your heartrate. Bonus fitness benefits – yes please!
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