The benefits of doing 10,000 steps a day

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You worked hard all day and now you are too pooped out to hit the gym on the way home like you had planned. There are days like that. I know I have them often. Get my long evening walk in? Well, it’s the dog’s walk, too, at our home. But no, thanks. Not tonight. Point me to the nearest Lazy Girl recliner. And by the way, please bring me my slippers.

Did you know that you can burn off calories on the job? We’ll go over a few ideas. That way you won’t feel as guilty for skipping the gym. The family dog may not be thrilled to miss his evening constitutional. But toss him a doggy cookie and he’ll forget all about it.

The goal is to move the equivalent of 10,000 steps a day. Meeting this goal can help you maintain and even lose weight. Don’t forget to pair it with a healthy diet. Many workers in the USA have sedentary jobs, commutes, jam packed schedules, and family commitments and getting exercise in can be tough. Research shows that many Americans are not even getting in 6000 steps a day. For many of us biking or walking to work is not feasible.

So what is a person to do? Try these few easy ideas and you’ll add as much as 2000 steps to your day:

  • Exchange your high heels or loafers for a pair of tennies, sneakers, or other workout shoe and use your lunch break as a chance to walk and get some fresh air. Have a co-worker partner with you. You will be more likely to get that walk in routinely. Don’t walk past the vending machines. Instead bring a healthy lunch from home.
  • Park as far from the entrance to your building as you can. Skip the elevator and take the stairs. Visit the farthest powder room, drinking fountain, or copy machine. Gather your team together for a brainstorming session outdoors. During training session break times don’t run to the coffee cart. Walk around the building taking in some deep breaths.
  • Time to load up the family car for baseball practice or ballet lessons. After dropping off the children where they need to be, take a 10 to 20 minute walk while waiting for them to be done.
  • Invest in a pedometer or one of the new fangled tracking bracelets. After resisting the technology, I did break down and got a tracking bracelet for myself. I love it. It is a great way to clock your progress and can motivate you to keep moving to reach your daily goal.

It is true that you can squeak in some exercise even on a busy day. Remember that walks even as short as 10 minutes can help with depression symptoms and renew your energy.

10,000 steps a day can keep the pounds away! Who wouldn’t be excited about that?

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