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The Fastest Way to Walk 500 Miles: One Step at a Time

By Stephen R. Farris

Movement is essential for our body's overall health. Even a few steps per day is better than nothing. For instance you get out of bed and walk to the bathroom, then into the kitchen and onward to the living room to enjoy your morning coffee. While it might not seem like much, those steps do add up.

However, you still might not be "stepping" as much as you should. Studies generally show that the average person should be getting in at least 10,000 steps each day. Some people opt to take more steps per day, depending on their fitness goals or while trying to further their weight loss goals.

That's all great if you can find the time to do it. But there are also a lot of folks that spend most all of their day sitting behind a desk, and for them, it can be almost impossible to come even close to the recommended 10,000 steps. On top of that, sitting for long periods of time increases health risks.

If you fall into that category, then it might be time to find a way to get more steps throughout each day.

Set Some Goals

The first step is to realize you're not getting as many steps as you should. Secondly, set some personal goals to help you reach a plateau in your fitness journey, such as getting in 1,000 steps (maybe a 5- to 10-minute walk), then gradually another five minutes until you reach 2,000. See the pattern?

Start Near Home

You don't have to get in the car and drive to a park with a walking path. You can actually set out on foot in your neighborhood. Venture out a couple of blocks at a time. See what's around where you live. Stop occasionally and visit with nearby neighbors. Hey, it's a great start and you'll probably make some new friends in the process.

Make it a Self-Competition

Sounds a bit crazy, but it might help you increase your steps. If you have a watch or a smartphone, simply set a timer to 10 minutes to start. Hopefully you have an app on your phone that can track the number of steps you take. Each time you take a 10-minute walk, try to see if you can add a few more steps in the allotted time. 

As mentioned before, idleness can lead to serious health problems, so before you do start, make sure to talk with your local doctor or chiropractor to see if you're ready to begin a fitness journey, and to find out any tips they can offer to help you get started.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sugar Hill, Ga.

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