We all know it’s important to stay fit and healthy. Not only will you feel better and get more things done, you will also look better. Now you may have heard  that you will need to get 10,000 steps in every day in order to stay fit. But if you are like me and don’t like running or go to the fitness club what can you do to get those steps?

First of all you may want to buy a pedometer that counts your steps. They are about $35. Or, if you have an iphone, you can buy an application that measures all your steps: http://www.edovia.com/steps/ Keep track of your steps for a few days and keep a record of it each day. Now if your daily average is too low you will need to do additional activities in order to make the 10,000. If you need to add a lot more extra steps start with a few more each day and then slowly add more.

These are some ideas for getting those steps in your weekly routine

  1. Start you day off with a walk before doing anything else.
  2. Instead of a tedious workout in the gym join a local sports club. I’m a great fan of tennis, but you could do soccer, hockey, hand ball, netball or even golf (just don’t get a buggy). Try to get your partner involved and play it together in the evenings and weekend.
  3. Get a dog! A good excuse to go out a few times a day to walk the dog.
  4. Play more with your kids outside if you have them. They will want to do races which will give you lots of steps.
  5. Walk to the store instead of taking the car.
  6. Get a house with lots of stairs and keep forgetting that wallet before going out that is in your office upstairs.
  7. Don’t take the lift at work.
  8. Take up dancing with your partner; it’s great fun and dancing salsa is a great and fun workout.
  9. Start a garden and spend a lot of time in it.
  10. Get some kids if you don’t have any. They will not let you sit still for one minute.
  11. Get up earlier.
  12. Install a break reminder on your computer. Not only will this stop you from getting repetitive strain injury (RSI) it will also remind to move away from your computer and do other things. Use the breaks as a reminder to walk around the block. RSI Guard is good, Workpace, or AntiRSI for MAC.
  13. Park a little further from the entrance whenever you go somewhere.
  14. Make a weekly walking ‘date’ with a friend in a park you love.
  15. Set a clear goal for this tasks.

Of course if you prefer to do other exercises, like cycling, then do that. One mile of walking is equivalent (approximately) to burning 100 calories. If you exercise long enough to burn 100 calories, then that is like walking 2000 steps. To burn the equivalent of walking 10,000 steps, you would have to exercise long enough to burn 500 calories. Also remember that you don’t have to do 10,000 steps every day. Just try to get an average of 10,000 if you measure on a weekly basis.

Build up slowly and try turning walking into a habit. If you have any further ideas let me know.

Good luck!

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