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Ten ways to get your 10,000 steps every day

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exercise, fitness, health

The key feature of fitness trackers that we really love is the ability to count steps. Counting steps isn't new - pedometers have been around for quite some time - but as wearable trackers have become more prevalent, tracking steps has surged in popularity. You don't even need to invest in a fitness tracker to monitor your steps either - smartphones and their apps can do the job just as well.

Public bodies like the NHS, think we should try and walk about 10,000 steps per day and trackers like the Fitbit even set this as the default goal. On average though, most walk 3,000 - 4,000 steps per day, so upping it to 10,000 may be a challenge for a few of us. But with some adjustments to your daily routine, walking 10,000 steps is certainly achievable. Here are some fun suggestions to up your step count:

Make walking part of your commute

One of the easiest ways to up your step count is to walk a journey that you're already making. If you live within walking distance of your workplace, try and head in on foot at least a few times a week. If, however, you need to take some sort of transport there are still ways to add some steps. If you take the bus, simply get off a few stops early. Driving yourself? Why not park further away from your workplace?

Do your weekly shop in a spiral

If you do your weekly grocery shop at one of the larger supermarkets, then there's plenty of opportunity to cover lots of ground! Going up and down the aisles one by one can add quite a few steps by itself, but why not get a bit more creative? Start on the left of the shop, walk all the way up the aisle, and then cross the length of the shop, walking to the furthest aisle on the right. Walk down said aisle and then cross the shop again to get to the second aisle in on the left. Repeat the pattern until you make it to the centre!

Set a timer

If you spend most of your day sat at a desk, set a timer on your phone or watch that reminds you to get up and move about at least once an hour. Take five minutes to walk around the office floor, or even just to take a jaunt to the loo! Not only will you be giving yourself the opportunity to get a few more steps in, you'll also be giving your eyes a rest from the computer screen you've likely spent your day staring at.

Get a dog

Now, obviously don't get a dog if you don't love dogs and want to care for and cherish said dog. But if you do want a dog and feel your life would be bettered by one, then perhaps you should go for it! Dogs are a great excuse to get out and walk more - they demand it of you! You'll have a new best friend, and an excellent walking partner. And if you can't get your own dog, you can always volunteer to walk someone else’s.

Chat on the go

If you find yourself on the phone a lot, why not try taking those calls while taking a walk. You could cover a lot of ground on a 30 minute call.  And if you can take work calls on a mobile, you'll be able to travel even further!

Take away your own takeaway

Most of us love a good curry or Chinese, and it can be oh so convenient to have your takeaways delivered. But just think how many more steps you could build up by walking to pick up your dinner instead? Not only will you be adding steps, but you'll be pre working off at least a bit of that naan bread.

Lap your sitting room

We're starting to live in a Netflix world where commercial breaks are falling away to binge watching shows online and moving only when the remote falls to the floor! But don't count the commercial break out just yet. Those few minute breaks are a great opportunity to get up and move around. You can do a few star jumps, or even just pace the length of your sitting room.

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Embrace your inner tourist

The UK is full of amazing places to explore and enjoy. And many of them require a fair bit of walking to experience. From beautiful parks and museums, to castles and stately homes - there's much to be seen! So instead of making plans to spend your next Saturday at home with the TV, get out and see whatever you can see! You'll add steps and culture to your life. Win. Win.

Park wisely

No matter where you go, park as far away from the entrance as possible (without being impractical of course).  On top of adding some extra steps to your daily count, you'll also benefit from not feeling pressured to find the 'best spot' close to the front. In fact, you'll probably have your choice of spots!

Make a date

Find a friend who also wants to move more and instead of just hanging out or going for lunch, make plans to go for a hike or a walk (window shopping counts!). We love this idea because;

  1. it's a lot harder to cancel plans for a walk when someone else is depending on you
  2. you'll get to hang out with someone as fun as you and
  3. you'll get to add more steps to your daily count. If that's not a winning plan, we don't know what is.

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