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:
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.
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:
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
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.