How to Walk 10,000 Steps a Day – 5 Can Do Tips!

We all knew the Proclaimers could walk 5,000 miles, but how would they go with 10,000? It’s said every journey begins with a single step, particularly if that journey is one that leads to a healthier, fitter, happier and a new improved you! And literally all it takes is just one step, followed by another and another. Did you know that taking 10,000 steps every day will burn around 500 calories and if you’re also embarking on a weight loss journey that equates to around one pound a week, not too shabby and absolutely not too difficult, in fact you may just find yourself loving it! So take a look at five of our favourite tips to get you walking those life changing 10,000 steps per day.

Tip #1. Invest in a Pedometer.

Get your active hands on a Pedometer, a brilliant device that measures how many steps you take every day. Our Omron Pedometer simply clips onto your waist band and off you go! Monitoring every step you take it shows the results on a large LED display and is currently retailing on at 47% off! Pedometers are a great motivational tool, as your efforts are rewarded and detailed as you go, encouraging you to walk more.

Tip #2. Commit.

Changing our lifestyle habits can be challenging, however committing to 10,000 steps per day is an achievable goal that can have far-reaching health benefits for anyone. Begin your journey by setting attainable goals, perhaps start by aiming for 2,000 steps per day and gradually build on that number until you reach your goal of 10,000. It is medically proven that exercise can lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, elevate mood hormones and increase self-esteem and confidence.

Tip #3. Just Do It!

10,000 steps I hear you cry, why that would take a lot of time and energy! Actually, it’s really quite easy and you will be astounded at how quickly you will reach that magic number. Simple tasks such as:

  • Take the dog for a walk.
  • Walk the kids to the bus stop or school.
  • If at work walk to a co-worker’s office rather than emailing them.
  • Walk the steps at the shopping centre rather than using an elevator or escalator.
  • Rather than googling Jake Gyllenhaal on your lunch break get outside and go for a walk. (That’s a tough one I know – but Jake will be waiting at the end of 10,000 steps!).
  • Walk with a friend.

Tip #4. Put Reminders in Place.

Perhaps you prefer apps, maybe a wall calendar or alarm clock, whatever it takes to remind yourself to walk, let’s do it! Whether you are working in the office or working in the home, remind yourself to get up at least once an hour and take a brief, brisk walk around the office or outside – and don’t forget to bring the  Pedometer.

Tip #5. Increase the Intensity.

All steps, are needed steps, all steps are helping you reach your goals and increasing your health and fitness. Why not maximise those steps by boosting the intensity? Swap the casual walk along the beach to climbing a steep hill, walk with purpose and determination. Further, increase your calorie burn by walking with 2-3 pound dumbbells in your hands, and ensure at all times, you are adequately hydrated, wearing your favourite lycra, Pedometer and comfortable shoes.

See you on the other side of happiness!

22nd Mar 2018

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