Do you have a Fitbit? Do you have trouble getting your 10,000 steps in?
I know I do!
Some days are better than others but I wanted to share with you some tricks and tips to log those steps in and burn a few extra calories along the way!
Even if you don’t have a Fitbit, these are GREAT tricks to gettin’ your body moving!!
- Do some exercises during commercial breaks (this is my favorite one!)
- Use half of your lunch break to go for a walk
- Use a treadmill desk (It’s a desk with a treadmill underneath so you can keep moving all day- so cool!)
- Park further away. Yes, I know we all like to circle the parking lot, looking for the closest spot BUT what if you skip all that extra time behind the wheel, park at the back of the parking lot and get in some extra steps?!?
- Choose the stairs (rather than the elevator or escalator)
- Skip the shortcut – take the longer way. I know it’s hard to do in a world where we want everything NOW, but take a few extra minutes and go around
- Play with your kids – you can get in a lot of extra calorie burning moves by playing hide and seek or tag (plus it’s healthy for them too and it’s good for your relationship!)
- Take extra trips – Do you have a lot of groceries to unload? Good! Take fewer bags at a time!
- Walk with a friend – instead of meeting for coffee, meet for a walk (or better yet, walk to a coffee shop and take it to go)
- Take a walk after a meal – helps with digestion and it’s a nice, relaxing way to end the day. In fact, bring your kids with you! It’s a great way to spend some quality time together
There are so many benefits to walking and so many more reasons to do it than just to get your 10,000 steps in – although it is nice to have that sense of accomplishment!
Here are some other reasons why it’s important to include walking in your daily routine:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
- Strengthen your bones and muscles.
- Improve your mood.
- Improve your balance and coordination.
- Reduce the risk of depression.
- Improve sleep patterns
- Releases endorphins