Friday, February 24, 2017

10 Easy Ways to Sneak In Your 10,000 Steps

Hello Friends!

We are almost done with our second month of 2017 and its about that time where resolutions start to falter. This year I am more determined than ever to have these resolution stick! I want to be able to reach fitness goals and the other goals that I was working toward this year. But I think we all need some motivation as we start hitting the monotony of work and life. So I came up with some small ways to get us moving during the day!

Whether you're a total fitness fanatic or just want to stay active, tracking your steps is one healthy habit that health and fitness experts recommend. Logging in at least 10,000 steps a day can help you keep up with that activity. If you choose to tack on a spin class, some yoga, or hitting the gym on top of your 10,000 steps, you can still stay active even if you don't add the extra exercise. 10,000 steps is a totally realistic goal that will keep you moving day in and day out.

one// Park at the first spot you see, instead of circling for a closer one

If you live in an urban area, where street parking is hard to come by, this is a big one. When you’re driving to your destination, park at the first spot you see as soon as you’re within walking distance. All too often we find ourselves circling the block three times for a closer spot when we could have spent that time sneaking in a few more steps!

two// Take the Stairs

You may have heard this one before, but for good reason; it’s super effective! Take a pledge to take the stairs instead of the elevator. If your office or apartment is located several stories up, this can make a huge difference on a daily basis. My office for instance is two stories so instead of calling upstairs, I'll walk up the stairs to add some extra steps.

three// Make your social plans active

Next time you go to schedule a coffee or lunch date with a friend, consider meeting for a hiking or walking date instead. Having a buddy to move with is a great way to make physical activity fun.

four// Take your pup around the block an extra time

If you’re a dog owner, then daily walks are probably already a part of your routine. But instead of taking your pup out for a short potty break, challenge yourself to double your normal route. Circle the block one more time to give both you and your furry friend some extra exercise.

five// Swear off Food Delivery

We’re all guilty of being pretty dependent on Seamless, Postmates, and other food delivery services. And while we love the convenience of having our lunch delivered right to our desk, using these services daily can make for a pretty sedentary lifestyle. Instead, opt for takeout places that are within walking distance and make yourself get up and move for your meal.

six// Make it a walking meeting

Anytime you have an internal meeting or a work phone call that doesn’t require you to be in front of your computer, make it a walking meeting. Especially if you work in a creative field, we find that when your blood starts pumping, the creative juices start flowing too.

seven// Shop in store

We’ll take any excuse to go shopping, and this is a good one. Instead of ordering online next time, head to the nearest mall or shopping area to peruse the racks on foot. And if you have a good indoor mall nearby, keep this tip in mind for rain or snow days too!

eight// Get to know your neighborhood

We know how hard it can be to say goodbye to the same nail salon or dry cleaner you’ve been going to since you moved to your city. But if you’re no longer living in the same neighborhood, make an effort to get to know the small businesses within walking distance or your current abode. Think of how nice it will be to walk there next time you have an errand to run.

nine// Start a competition

If you enjoy a challenge, start a friendly competition with your friends or coworkers. Use your fitness tracker or a pedometer app to see who can get the most steps in a week or month. This is exactly what my office is doing right now.

ten// Set a timer

If you work at a desk like I do, set a timer to make sure you get up and moving every single hour. Even if that means you just walk to the water cooler or go outside for five minutes of fresh air, make sure you are not ever sitting still for more than an hour.

How do you sneak in your steps?