Need some help getting those steps in? Here are some creative ways to keep you moving more.
1. Get a dog
Nothing will get you out of the house faster than a puppy that needs to do some business. My pooch Cooper loves going to the park, and
frankly, he’s a great companion on any trail.
2. Take the stairs
At work, at the mall, at the train station, in your hotel…...anywhere. If you wear a fitness tracker, you’ll score both steps and flights.
3. Take a moving break
During your lunch break, go on a 15-minute walk around the block. Not only will you get your steps in, but you will feel invigorated and more focused at work. Likewise, be intentional about gettiup frequently during the day, not just at lunch.
4. Get a treadmill desk
Check with your company to see if they provide treadmill desks (yes, it’s a thing) for employees. Walking while you’re typing takes some getting used to, but it’s worth it.
5. Park further away
Every couple of hundred steps walking to or from your car adds up quickly. Parking in the back of the parking lot not only boosts your step count, but you’ll help save your car from dings and dents.
6. Take the long way
When you’re at work and need to go to the restroom, skip the closest one and take a detour. At the mall, park at one end walk a little further to get to your destination.The same goes for doing errands (on foot) or strolling to a friend’s house.Just take longest route there.
7. Take a post-meal walk
Put your shoes on after you put down your fork. Taking a 15-minute walk after dinner can help you digest your meal faster and will help your brain catch up to your stomach. It will also make you less likely to want something sweet.
8. Get off the bus or train one (or two) stops early
Two birds, one stone: You’ll help reduce carbon emissions and do your body good at the same time.
9. Play with your kids
Tag, Hide and seek, kickball, playing at the playground etc. …. are all fun ways to get those steps in. plus, you’ll be creating fun memories that will last a lifetime.
10. Walk and talk
Take your business calls on the go, or skip the conference room and have walking meetings with your colleagues.
11. Don’t fast forward your DVR
The next time you binge-watch “This Is Us”, don’t fast forward through the commercials. Stand up and march in place, do jumping jax, or jump rope until the show comes back on.
12. Hydrate Hydrate hydrate
You need lots of water anyway, and all of those trips to the fridge—and the restroom—will make a big dent in your day’s step total.
13. Go on a walking date
It’s a kind of a throwback, but there’s something charming about taking a stroll with your S.O. Some of my fondest memories with Walt are the walks we took through or town when we first got married. Walking together and catching up on your day is a great way to connect without the distractions of technology.
14. Take extra trips
When unloading grocery bags from the car or carrying laundry to the laundry room, it’s tempting to try to take as few trips as possible. Instead, try taking one more trip than you absolutely have to.
With all the technology and machinery available to move us around with the least amount of effort, it’s easy to get in the “get there as quickly as possible” mode. However, with a shift in your mindset, you’ll be surprised at how fast you’ll hit your daily goal (shoot for a minimum of 10,000) when you use your feet for what they were meant to do.
Are you ready to get your steps on???
Helping you stay fit!
~Ruth ! ❤️