The first of May marked the beginning of National Walking Month; providing you with the perfect opportunity to get fitter, feel brighter, feel connected, and feel the burn. Staying fit and active can be a benefit to your health and walking, whether for work or leisure, can seem effortless and could be a fantastic way to stay active.
Even though walking can sometimes be overlooked as a form of exercise, it can help burn calories, give you a healthier heart, build stamina and generally keep you fit and active. If the average person has a stride of around 2.1 to 2.5 feet and it takes more than 2,000 steps to cover one mile, to achieve your 10,000-steps you could have to walk five miles every day. That's approximately 8km!
But what are some of the things that could contribute to your 10,000 steps in one day?
If you have a dog, why not take advantage of this? I'm sure they wouldn't mind taking an extra-long walk once a week, or maybe a little longer every day. This can not only be beneficial to your health and your journey to 10,000 steps, but you and your pooch could have a lot of fun. You could even make this a social meet-up and get a friend or family member involved. By combining the enjoyment of walking your dog with a conversation and company, you could reach your steps in no time.
Instead of eating your lunch at your desk, going for a stroll will help you add steps to your daily count. You could venture out and find a lovely spot with a bench while taking in the good weather. If you prefer and if time allows, you could even take a stroll after you've eaten your lunch, which may also help your digestion.
If you take the bus to work or into town every day, getting off a stop or two before you need to could be a good way to get yourself walking that little bit more. You could even set yourself a challenge where you remove one additional stop from your journey each day and build your walk up over time. Before you know it, you might even be walking all the way!
Wherever you find yourself during the day, be it at work, in a shop or at a hotel, you could be faced with the decision of taking the lift or the stairs. The easier option is usually the lift, but by deciding to take on the stairs you could be well on the way to completing your 10,000 step challenge. Should you decide to take on this challenge, going up and down the stairs at your workplace a couple of times a day could see the number of steps increase, as could a hike up to the 10th floor of a hotel!
You may normally park directly outside your house, or you may like to be able to see your car from a window, but by parking further away you could get close to your target steps a little bit easier. This could also apply at your place of work. By parking just that little bit further away, you have a walk to and from your car which means a few more steps and more exercise in your day. It could also reduce costs associated with parking, as sometimes car parks further away from the centre of activity cost less.
Going to a restaurant or a bar to socialise with friends can sometimes be an expensive outing but what if you could combine a walk with a social activity? You could grab a few friends and go for a walk in the park or visit a local landmark, or even just pick a meeting place that requires a brisk walk to get to. This could save you money in the long run and get you well on your way to your target steps.
It can be very tempting to quickly nip to the shop in the car, or drive the ten minutes to work or to a friend's house. But if you can realistically walk it, why not? This can be beneficial to your health and the environment and you could also save some money on parking and petrol. If you walk to and from work every day, or even just to the bus stop or train station, you could be well on your way to your 10,000-step target.
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