Walking more each day can help you lose weight, reduce your risk of disease and improve overall health, but it can be hard to get in the habit. For some extra motivation, buy a pedometer to count your daily steps. Pedometers make it easy to measure and track your progress each day, particularly for those who struggle to regularly set aside blocks of time for walking. Start by tracking your steps during a normal day, and set goals to increase your steps each week. Experts recommend striving toward 6,000 to 10,000 steps each day for maximum health benefits. That may sound like a lot, but you don’t have to do it all at once! Here are some tips to increase your daily steps:
- Park farther away in parking lots, or a couple blocks from your destination. On a bus or train, get off a stop early.
- Walk around the house while on the phone.
- Take a 10-20 minute walk each day after lunch.
- Always take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Get up and walk around during television commercial breaks.
- Plan activities around walking. Suggest taking a walk with a friend instead of your typical
coffee meeting. Take your children, nieces or nephews to the zoo, museum or park.
- Walk while listening to a podcast or audio book – or your favorite music.
- Walk around the mall if the weather is bad. And leave your wallet at home to resist
- Find a walking buddy and hold each other accountable for scheduled walks.