3 Ways to Fit More Steps Into Your Day
By Genevieve Cunningham
Counting your steps is a great way to lose weight and improve your health. The more we walk, the more calories we can burn. And the more calories we burn, the easier it is to maintain a healthy weight. Luckily, more and more people are catching on to the ease and effectiveness of counting steps. All you need is a device or an app and you're good to go. But even with this easy method, it's easy to forget and stop making progress. If you need to fit a few more steps into your day, take a look at these tips for moving more and reaching your health goals once and for all.
Never Take the Shortcut
It's almost second nature to take the easiest route in most situations. Need to go shopping? We drive around and look for a closer parking spot. But what if we didn't? What if we just chose to park at the back? What if we always took the very last spot? What if we always choose the stairs? Avoiding the shortcut can add so many steps to our day -- and with very little in the way of extra time or effort. Make this a part of your daily life, and you'll find your steps creeping upward in no time at all.
Most people are busy all day long. It's just that the things that we're doing don't always require movement. If this is you, make movement happen anyway. On the phone? Start pacing. Typing on your laptop? Type a paragraph and then walk to the end of the room and back. Cooking? Walk around the room while you read the recipe. If we really pay attention, there are lots of moments for movement in our day. We might have to get creative and look for the opportunities, but once we find them, we'll find more steps and movement than ever before.
March in Place
Though it might be a bit monotonous, marching in place is better than sitting or standing still. If you're tied to one spot, pick up your knees and start stepping right where you are. You'll still gain the benefit of movement, and you'll still burn calories. Is it the most ideal way to get in your steps? Probably not. But it's a great tip for those moments when moving from one place to another is just not possible.
Counting your steps is such a simple way to improve your health. It's exercise, even if it's low impact, and exercise is so good for our bodies. Of course, just because counting steps is simple, it doesn't mean it's always easy to get enough throughout the day. The more steps you take, the closer you'll get to your goals. Use these steps to get a few more steps in your day, and watch your health and stamina improve every day.
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