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Tips to Help You Increase Your Steps2019-01-31T18:44:52+00:00

Tips to Help You Increase Your Steps

The father of Western Medicine, Hippocrates, once said, “Walking is the best medicine.” Counting your steps is an effective way to measure the amount of walking you are doing, and to help nudge yourself, and for your tribe nudge each other along a bit. If you have a competitive spirit, step tracking is a great way to get going. Consider the ideas below to help you get more steps into your day:
  • Choose to park farther away and walk to your destination
  • Create an inconvenience and place items you commonly need like your cell phone, books or kitchen towels out of arm’s reach
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
  • Walk to a co-worker’s desk, office or nearby building to talk to them rather than calling or emailing
  • Get off the bus or out of the taxi a few blocks from your destination and walk the rest of the way
  • Set an alarm on your phone or fitness tracker to remind you to walk around the block or building every hour or so
  • Make evening family walks a tradition rather than watching television shows
  • Encourage coworkers to go on walking meetings
  • Build in “walking breaks” to your workday and walk laps around your office building
  • Invest in an adjustable sit-to-stand desk riser and stand more during computer and desk work
  • Walk while you talk on the phone
  • During commercial breaks, walk in place or spend the time doing a few house chores
  • During long car rides, leave a little early and pull over at rest stops, gas stations or parks and walk for a few minutes
  • Walk for a charity. Use an app such as CharityMiles.org and earn donations for a charity of your choice as you walk or run
  • Set a weekly or monthly step goal and reward yourself
  • Hold friendly step challenges with your friends