Ten extra minutes of walking every day doesn’t sounds like that much right? Think about doing that for the entire year and all the sudden you have added 3,650 extra minutes of walking in 2017. Not only is walking beneficial to your health for many reasons, but this might distract you from doing other things that might not be as healthy for you or your body. For example, looking in the refrigerator when you are bored and not even that hungry, or being sedentary by sitting down on your phone, watching television or using the tablet. Instead you went for a walk!
Below are some recommendations from TheWalkingSite.com on how you can add some extra steps to your daily routine:
- Take a walk with your spouse, child or friend
- Walk the dog
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator
- Park farther from the store or walk to the store
- Get up to change the channel
- Window shop
- Plan a walking meet
- Walk over to visit a neighbor
- Get outside to walk or get your hands dirty in the garden
10,000 steps is the recommended goal for healthy adults and children, which is close to 5 miles per day. The average ‘non-active’ person roughly takes 1,000 to 3,000 steps per day.
The next step is tracking your progress and that can be done using a pedometer or a variety of applications on your smart phone. If this sounds like too much work, just WALK whenever you can!
Written By: Brandon Farmer