Sneak In Steps

Tags: Physical

You’ve probably heard it over and over: walking more can improve your health, so shoot for 10,000 steps per day.

Yet for some, that number can seem overwhelming. Slowly working your way up to 10,000 steps over a few weeks or months, depending on your current fitness level, may be a great plan. Just aim to walk more steps than you walked yesterday or last week. Don’t think about where you think you should be, or where you once were fitness-wise, but start where you are now. That will set you up for long-term success.

If you find yourself short on time to take long walks, you can always try sneaking steps into your regular routine. Here are some tips on ways to get more steps into your day – and the best part: you might not even notice the extra walking!

  1. On a conference call? Pace the room while listening.

  2. When Grocery shopping, take an extra lap around the perimeter of the store before checking out.

  3. Head to the restroom one floor away at work instead of ducking into the one just down the hall.

  4. Park in the back of the lot – your car won’t get dinged and your body will thank you for the extra steps.

  5. Get off the bus or train one stop early.

  6. Walk over to your coworker’s desk instead of emailing.

  7. Brainstorm on the go – take a daily afternoon walk.

  8. Make your next meeting a walking one – don’t get tied down to the conference room.

  9. When you’re running a few errands, park between the two stores and walk to them both.

  10. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator and the skip the moving walkway at the airport.

 

Now that you have some easy ways to add some steps to your day, make sure you ‍​‌​​​‌​‌‌‌‌‌​​‌‌​​​​‍register today for The WebMD Wellness Invitational Team Steps Challenge. Registration closes July 10, 2018.