Making a commitment to be active sounds so good when said but actually implementing it is another story altogether. First, you have to consider the costly gym memberships, the expensive classes and lastly how to fit it into your busy schedules. You might feel like you always have a hard time sticking to your fitness goals, but there is one inexpensive and easy way to work out: WALKING.
Here is how you can fit in more average steps per day into your routine
Park a little further
This is quite easy to do. Simply park your car at the far end of the lot. You will definitely be able to increase your daily steps
Pace during next phone calls or TV shows
You read it right. Pacing helps you to get out of your desk and get busy doing something productive in increasing your daily steps.
Walk to your colleague’s desk instead of emailing them
People have a bad habit of emailing their office colleagues even when they are working in the same building. It may be convenient but it is denying you the opportunity to increase your daily steps. So when you need to talk to a colleague who is in your building, why don’t you walk to them instead of emailing them?
Find a walking buddy
Finding a walking partner can help you establish a daily or weekly routine because you will have someone to encourage you to walk more. You won’t be alone.
Take a walk at lunch
After taking your lunch, you can decide to take a stroll around the block before you go back to your desk. The fresh air will be good for you and you will have increased your daily steps.
Take the stairs
Instead of using elevators and escalators, you should take the stairs and rack up some steps. Taking the stairs will give you an energy boost.
Take your dog for a walk if you have one
If you have a dog, you should have a regular schedule where you take it for a walk. The time outdoors will do you both some good.
End your trip early
When using a bus or taxi, you can decide to get off a block or two from your intended destination and walk the rest of the way.
Find a new establishment
Don’t get used to the dinner place and restaurant around your place. Explore different places that may be within your neighborhood but not so close to your home.
Walk while you wait
Sometimes you find yourself in the lobby or waiting room waiting for someone who might be held up. Instead of just sitting there, take a stroll around the block. It will even make the time go faster
Walk to work
If you work around the neighborhood that you live in, you can consider walking to work instead of using your car or taking the bus.
Walking alone probably won’t be enough to get you to your goals, but it’s a start and something you can use to get the ball rolling on your goals. Once you get the ball rolling, then you can pick up momentum to go even further. It is quite easy to increase your daily walking steps but only if you are intentional and committed.