5 Ways to Add More Steps to Your Day

5 Ways to Add More Steps to Your Day

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This is a guest blog post by Michael Szumielewski, the developer of Stepz.

Walking is arguably one of the most accessible and healthy forms of exercise around. With time being a premium resource and finding exercise opportunities a challenge for many people, walking provides the perfect fitness solution. No special equipment required and you can do it anywhere and anytime!

However, clocking up the recommended 10,000 steps per day can sometimes prove tricky; especially if you can’t do all your walking in a single session. In this article I’ll share my five top tips for adding more steps to your day.

1. Walk and talk

Walking and talking are perfect partners. Getting up and moving can help wake up and stimulate your mind which often leads to greater creativity, concentration and conversation. Make the most of this phenomenon by combining walking and talking at every opportunity:

  • Go for a walk when you have to make phone calls
  • Have walking meetings at work
  • Walk and talk with your partner instead of crashing in front of the TV at night
  • Meet your friends for a chat and walk instead of hitting the coffee shop or bar
  • Talking while you walk can make the miles fly by, it’s the perfect combination!
  • 2. Park further away

    All too many people park their cars as close to their destination as possible. You only have to look at how cars are parked in a parking lot to see the truth of this! However, parking so close to the supermarket, office, or gym means that you are missing a great opportunity to add more steps to your day.

    Instead of trying to park as close to your destination as possible, try and do the opposite and park as far away from it as you can instead. This may mean parking on the far side of the parking lot or parking in a side street instead of the parking structure at work. However you do it, parking farther away from your destination provides two great opportunities to clock up more steps as you walk from and then back to your car. Not a car driver? No problem, just get off the bus a stop or two before your destination.

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    3. Walk more at work

    As you probably spend as much as a third or more time at your place of work, this is a great place to seek out walking opportunities. With a little thought and creativity you should be able to find plenty of ways to clock up more daily steps in your workplace. Examples include:

  • Rather than phone or email colleagues, get up out of your chair and go and see them in person
  • Walk to the water cooler at regular intervals throughout the day
  • Take the stairs and not the elevator when moving from floor to floor
  • Offer to make coffee for your nearby colleagues – you’ll have to walk to the coffee room and then to their desks
  • Walk to the mailroom to collect your post rather than have it delivered to your desk
  • Take a walk at lunchtime instead of eating lunch at your desk
  • Use a restroom on a different floor and take the stairs to reach it
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    Work can provide plenty of opportunities for walking. You just need to seek them out!

    4. Obey the “one mile” rule

    Having a car or access to mechanized transport can make it all too tempting to drive or ride to your destination instead of walk. Of course, I don’t expect you to hike to work if you live a long way away but for journeys less than one mile, walk instead of drive and you’ll find you easily start adding more steps to your day.

    Not only is this a great way to squeeze more exercise into your day. You will also often find that, because of traffic, you arrive at your destination faster than taking your car or the bus. Walking a single mile will take around 2,000 steps which is money in the bank for fitness walkers.

    5. Take the long way home

  • Another good way to add more steps to your day is to simply look for ways to lengthen and not shorten the distance you have to walk to get your daily chores done.
  • Going to pick up your newspaper? Do a few laps of your garden before you pick it up?
  • Heading to the mall? Walk the length of the mall before you go into the store you want to visit.
  • Taking out the trash? Do a lap of the block before you return to your house.
  • Going to the local store for milk? Walk a few minutes past it and then back to the store before heading home.
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    Adding as little as five extra minutes of walking per journey will significantly bolster the number of steps you take per day.

    Using an app like Stepz makes keeping track of your walking as easy as 1, 2, 3 and looking for new walking opportunities can be fun.

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