Activity trackers are all the rage right now. Whether you have a step competition going on with your coworkers or you are trying to get more steps a day to improve your health, walking more is great for you. However, it can be very difficult to reach those 10,000 steps a day when your schedule is booked. Here are a few ways you can increase your steps that won’t take up too much of your time.
Multitask at work
If you work a 9-5, you are likely sitting for most of that time. Switch things up by holding one-on-one meetings on the go. Walk and talk. If you feel uncomfortable asking someone to do that, try making all of your phone calls as you walk around the office. You can also have an active lunch break. Pack your lunch and eat it as you walk around a common area near by.
Get more steps at home
If walking around at work is not appropriate, try moving more at home. Every time you walk past a staircase, go up and down twice. Anytime there is a commercial on the TV do a lap around your living room. As you wait for your dinner to heat up in the microwave, do jumping jacks. It is easy to find creative ways to move more at home, you just have to avoid the temptations of your couch.
Find a track
Go to a local college, gym, or park and use their track. You can do a few laps while you scroll through Instagram or listen to your favorite podcast. It may seem like a lot of work to get up and go to a place to walk, but making this “walking date” a part of your daily routine will hold you accountable.
Cease the online shopping
Amazon is an amazing place to go for almost everything, except exercise. Whether you are used to ordering groceries online, clicking through websites to find a new pair of shoes or skimming through the latest hits on Spotify. You likely are not moving much. Try actually going to the grocery store, walking around the mall or going to a record shop this week. The act of going to a store and walking around will make that step goal seem easy.