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9 easy ways to get your 10,000 steps a day

author: Sarah Neate

By Sarah Neate

If you’re looking for some simple ways to increase your daily step count then look no further. Boost your step count and hit the big 10k!

1. 50/10 rule

If you’re working from home and have flexible breaks, try out the 50/10 rule.

With this rule, you work for 50 minutes and then take a 10-minute break. If you decide to follow this rule, spend your 10-minute break getting a few steps. You don’t even have to leave the house - simply wander around your living room for 10 minutes.

Or if you want to make it a little bit more fun, stick some of your favourite music on and dance around for 10 minutes. The exercise break will count towards your daily step count and help you to refocus on work afterwards.

2. Take a lunchtime walk

Whether your lunch break is an hour-long or half an hour long, it’s always good to give your legs a stretch.

Put some comfy shoes on and get yourself out for a lunchtime walk. You'd be surprised how many steps you can fit in. Even if you go out for just a bit of your lunch break, it’ll still contribute towards walking your 10,000 steps a day.  

3. Download a step counter

Most smartphones will count your steps for you. If yours doesn't, you could always download one in an app instead.

Downloading an app can give you a lot more data than just your steps - they also usually document the distance you've achieved, how many calories you’ve burned and your accumulated elevation gain.

If you download apps such as Strava, you’ll become part of a community of people who are also documenting their exercise. Many apps like this will keep track of your previous walk history, so you'll have a record of your steps and past walks.

Some other good step counting apps include Fitbit, Pacer and MyFitnessPal.

4. Get up earlier

If you get up earlier, you’ll have more time to do extra steps throughout your day.

You could even start your day with a morning walk. Getting your steps in earlier on in the day will make you feel more positive and motivated for the rest of the day.

5. Find a friend to go on walks with

If you have a friend who also likes walking, scheduling regular walks with them will make it more fun. Perhaps you’ve got a work friend who also likes to go out on lunchtime walks. Or you've got a neighbour who’d like to accompany you on your early morning walks.

You could walk with someone different each day and make it your new way of catching up with people.

6. Take the stairs

If you take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator, you’ll increase your step count throughout the day.

Even if you only take one flight of stairs per day, it’ll still make a difference. So always opt for the stairs rather than the easier route if you can.

7. Get off the bus or train one stop earlier

If you take public transport anywhere, try hopping off one or two stops earlier - weather permitting. The walk shouldn't be too long overall but will contribute hugely to your daily step count.

If you’re feeling up to it and your journey is within walking distance, you could boycott the bus or train altogether and walk the entire way instead – better for your health and your pocket.

8. Park further away

If you tend to drive everywhere, you could park further away to help you add extra short walks into your day.

Next time you go to the supermarket, try parking further away for a change.

If you drive to work, park a couple of streets away instead of parking right outside the office.

9. Walk the dog

Pets are great motivation for exercise. Dogs love to walk, so if you have a dog, they might appreciate a little extra walking time.

If you don’t have a dog of your own, you could offer to walk a family member or a friend’s dog for them.

There are also websites such as Borrow My Doggy, where you can take other people's dogs for a walk.

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Disclaimer: All information and links are correct at the time of publishing.

author: Sarah Neate

By Sarah Neate

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