We’ve all heard that we should be trying to take at least 10,000 steps per day but where did this come from? Well, this common guideline finds it’s roots in Japan in 1965 when a tech-company created a device called “Manpo-kei” which translates to “10,000 step metre”. Although this original story suggests the 10,000 step rule originates from a marketing idea, in practice, this amount is generally a good goal to aim for to achieve in your day to day. We all know we should be moving more so have a read below for some top tips on how you can cram more steps in to your day.
track your goals
This one is a bit of an obvious one but important nonetheless – keep track of how many steps you’re doing! Whether this is on your phone or a smartwatch, by monitoring how many steps you’ve done it can sometimes give you an added push to get some more movement in. Say you’re on 6,000 at dinner time, by knowing this it might make you think about going for a post-dinner stroll, whereas without this information you may have been happy to stick the TV on and curl up on the sofa.
walk to work
The commute is often a bit of a drag so if you’re going in to the office, get outside and walk either part of it or the whole thing If you can. This can be great way to increase your steps and start your day in a better way than being crammed into a tube carriage or stuck in traffic on the motorway.
assemble a step-squad
Sometimes motivating yourself can be hard so that’s why it can be great to get some friends together to get your steps in with. Whether this is regularly or once in a while, it’s a great way of catching up whilst also getting more movement into your week.
get active on your errands
If you’re out doing errands, try and get some additional steps in whilst you do them. This may mean parking in a central location and walking to each one or even better just walk the whole way. A super easy way to hit your 10,000!
spread your dinner
You’ve heard of a pub crawl but why not do the same thing with your dinner to get some additional steps in? Pick three different places (within walking distance of each other) to have a starter, a main and a dessert to help op up your daily steps.
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