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Did you know that actually doing a workout at home or at the gym isn’t the only way we can improve our fitness and reach our weight loss goals?
There’s also another way we can burn more calories on a daily basis, and it’s by increasing the number of steps we take!
The great thing about walking is that you can incorporate it into your life really easily, and with a little effort you can begin to increase your daily step count dramatically.
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Lately I have seen a lot of articles in the media about how you should try and get to 10 000 steps a day, every single day.
I know a few people who religiously track their step count, and won’t stop moving until they hit 10 000 everyday!
If you make an effort to try and achieve 10 000 steps a day, then you can burn up to 500 calories in a single day just by simply walking!
10 000 Is a good number to aim for, so that should be your target.
Here are 12 easy and useful ways you can increase your step count to reach your target of 10 000 steps!
#1: Go For A Walk On Your Breaks
Every time you take a break from your work desk, get up and go for a walk. It could be to grab a quick takeaway coffee, or even just to get a breath of fresh air.
Making a habit of always moving when you can will increase your step count dramatically.
#2: Take The Stairs
Make a habit of not using the elevator all the time.
OK, if you need to go up 20 floors then I can understand that. But don’t be that person that takes the elevator to get up two floors!
Getting into a habit of taking the stairs not only increases your step count, but it’s a good exercise as you use your leg muscles a bit more than walking on even ground.
#3: Walk To Work
If possible, try and walk to work.
It’s so easy to just jump in the car and take the easy drive to work, but making a habit of walking to work will increase your daily steps a lot.
It doesn’t have to be done every single day, you can decide to walk to work maybe two or three times a week.
#4: Track Your Steps
You can track your steps using a number of different devices and tools.
This is a good habit to get into, as this way you can set yourself a daily steps goal and constantly review it throughout the day.
The easiest ways to track your steps is with apps on your phone (iPhones have a step counter) or even better, get yourself a Fitness Tracker which you can wear permanently.
The awesome thing about these Fitness Trackers is that, unlike mobile phones, you won’t ever leave them behind as they are always on your wrist!
#5: Walk The Dog
This should be a normal routine anyways, but if you are slacking in this department then make sure you walk the dog on a daily basis if possible.
You get your steps in, and you give your dog the opportunity to get outside into the open world for a bit!
#6: Dance To Some Music!
A bit of a strange tip this, but if you are alone at home with some time to kill, then turn the radio up and whip out a few of your classic moves!
#7: Park Further Away
I hate it when I am driving with a friend and they spend so much time driving in circles looking for the closest parking.
Park further away and enjoy the opportunity to walk a bit more!
#8: Pace Up & Down During A Phone Call
Instead of lying on the couch or on your bed during phone calls, walk up and down around the house.
It’s really easy as your mind is usually completely focussed on the call, so you won’t notice all the steps you are taking.
#9: Walk Instead Of Emailing
Need to deliver a message to a co-worker who is on the other side of the building or on another floor?
Then instead of sending them an email, get up and walk to them and deliver the message in person!
#10: End Your Trip Earlier
If you are taking a bus, taxi or metro, then get off a few blocks from home and walk the rest of the way!
#11: Set An Alarm
Set an alarm every hour or two to remind you to get walking!
You can easily forget about walking if you are a busy person, so an alarm helps a lot!
#12: Take A Hike
Plan a hike on weekends if possible.
This is a great way to get some fresh air and get those feet moving!
With a bit of creative thinking, you can easily add more steps into your daily life.
Just remember to keep moving, and you will reach your goal of 10 000 daily steps!
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