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10,000 steps a day challenge

Why you need to take the 10,000 steps a day challenge to keep fit.

Keeping active with your mind and body is vital for all ages and more so the older you get.

There is a lot of talk regarding taking 10,000 steps a day for extra fitness – this may sound a lot but can be achieved very easily.

I often manage between 10,000 and 12,000 steps a day.

10,000 steps can amount to around 5 miles a day.

If you are in any doubt about any form of exercise and how it could affect your health do check with your Doctor first.

  • Walking 10,000 steps a day may sound a lot but is very easy to achieve.
    You can keep a track on your steps via many different downloads on your smart phone or even by purchasing a pedometer.

The following can help you get the 10,000 steps a day without a massive change in lifestyle

  • Getting off the bus one or two stops earlier and then walking the rest of the way. You can do this on the way to or from work.
  • Why not get off the tube one stop earlier or do you really need to get the tube if you only have a few stops? Walk and you can explore more of the local area –  – and if a tube strike happens you already know how to get to your office.
  • When you get to work why not walk up or down the stairs instead of the lift
  • Instead of sitting at your desk eating your lunch – pop out for 15 mins and do some window shopping
  • In the office instead of calling a colleague or sending an email why not get up and walk to their desk to speak to them
  • Offer to do the tea run
  • Take the dog out for a walk instead of leaving it to another member of the family
  • Instead of taking the car on the school run why not walk with the children (of course weather permitting)
  • Listen to music while walking (but of course only when it is completely safe and not when crossing the road)
  • Get a Fitbit and record your steps. Set yourself a challenge to beat it each day
  • Why not walk with a friend or challenge a friend on a daily basis to see who had walked the most in a week – the loser then buys the coffee on a Friday
  • When doing your weekly supermarket shop why not walk around the shop twice or go up and down the aisle several times
  • Breakdown the steps into small manageable chunks

Above all enjoy.

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