When I worked in retail I never really paid attention to my daily step count because I was always on my feet, however when I moved to an office job I became acutely aware of how much time I was spending sat at my desk.
Now I don’t know the science behind why you should be reaching 10,000 steps a day, but I do know that personally I feel much better on the days I do. For me walking is a great way to clear your head and hit the reset button. Last year I got super into podcasts and one of my favourite activities is sticking a podcast on and going for a walk. It was especially helpful at the start of COVID because for an hour I could forget about everything going on.
If you find that you don’t enjoy going for a walk then I do urge you to try it with a podcast, for me it was a game changer, I will pop some of my favourites at the bottom of this blog.
It might seem a bit daunting but there are several easy tips you can follow to make sure you are getting in your 10k steps daily.
1. Go for a walk
We’ll start with the most obvious and simple tip, if you can just go for a walk. It doesn’t need to be for an hour, even a 20 minute walk can make a massive difference. If you can’t walk to work then get up 20 mins earlier in the morning and go for a walk before you leave for work, or go for a walk on your lunchbreak, which also helps with food digestion so it’s a win win.
2. Get off the bus early
If you can’t walk to work, then try getting off the bus a few stops earlier on your way to work or going to a later bus stop on your way home. It might not seem like much but those extra 10-20 minutes walking a day will make a difference.
Also, could you try and commit to either walk to or from work and getting the bus for the other journey? I know when I walk to work I feel much more awake and ready to tackle the day thanI do if I get the bus.
3. Do some housework
Never underestimate the power of doing some housework to rack those steps up. When I’m in a cleaning groove on a Sunday I’ve seen my steps be higher than 10k and I’ve never even left the flat! Sweeping and hoovering, or even just tidying will have you pottering about from room to room and will help you reach that 10k target without you even realising. Don’t wait for someone else to take the bins out, do it yourself and get those extra steps in.
4. Take the stairs
If you live or work in a building where you frequently use the lift, try taking the stairs. Between going up in the morning, down when you finish and then another two times if you go for a walk at lunch then you will be well on your way to those 10k steps a day.
However I can appreciate that if you work up 9 flights of stairs and you are anything like me then by the time you have reached the top you’re a flustered hot mess, so instead you could try and always go down the stairs if you are getting the lift up. That’s still better than no stairs at all!
5. Park further away
This is something I did while I was driving purely because I hated parking near other cars…anyone else? But whether it be the car park at work or when you go food shopping, parking further away will help you get more steps in without really having to try.
Reaching your 10,000 steps a day isn’t the be all and end all, you aren’t going to crumble if you don’t make it a few days out of the week so don’t stress yourself out over it, but I do hope these tips will help you!
1. Shagged, Married Annoyed by Rosie and Chris Ramsay- this is one of the funniest things I have ever listened to. If you want some real, raw, down to earth funny content then give them a listen!
2. Fit and Fearless- each episode has a different topic but they are all based around health and well being and are incredibly informative.
3. House 21 Podcast – it talks about a variety of different topics, discussing some of the blog posts that particular week and it feels like your right there having a chat with the guests and Mel.
4. Happy Mum Happy Baby – This is all about different women and their journey through pregnancy and becoming a mum and each story is so interesting and inspiring.