Taking It Step By Step - How To Hit 10,000 Steps A Day. January 26 2017, 0 Comments

Staying active can sometimes be a challenge, but using a fitness tracker like Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit or Jawbone, can really help you get moving! Starting off with a 10,000 step a day target can seem scary at first, but for most people it adds up to around five miles a day. This equates to roughly 30 minutes of daily exercise which although only counts as being “moderately active” by the NHS and The UK National Obesity Forum, we can all agree that it is better than nothing! Hitting 10,000 steps a day can burn between 2000-3500 extra calories every week which can make a heavy impact of your dieting or healthy lifestyle goals. Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health found that 30 minutes of walking every day can actually cut your risk of having a stroke by a minimum of 20%! It can also lower your risk of diseases, type II diabetes, reduce your waist size and up your energy levels. 

Did you know the Japanese were the very first to use the 10,000 step guidelines, but it was all for an advertising campaign to sell pedometers!! However since then a number of medical authorities have come to agree that 10,000 is something we should all be aiming for per day. According to the NHS, the average person takes around 3,000-4,000 steps a day, which as you can see is a lot less than the Fitbit target. This target is meant to be a challenge, something to get your moving and on to a healthier lifestyle (of course you can swap and change this target to suit your lifestyle as well). Using a pedometer is great to track how active you really are during the day and how much you actually move. 

The Hey! Holla Fit Squad are huge fans of fitness trackers and everything they promote, but even we get days where we are struggling on our steps, here are our top 3 ways to increase your steps with hardly any effort at all…

#1 - Park Further Away.

Think how many extra steps you could work into your day if you parked further away at the supermarket? Parking at a different car park and walking that extra ten minutes to work is another great idea. Not only this, but a walk and some fresh air can do you a world of good before you hit the office and sit in your chair all day! Making a conscious decision to park further away from your destination will bump up your steps each day and will help burn extra calories. 

#2 - Take The Stairs.

How many times do you look at the steps but always go for the lift or escalators? We all do! Taking the stairs is not just a good way to increase your steps but also gives your legs and butt a little work out, perfect for some booty gains! It can also help get your fitness levels up, how many times have you been puffed out just walking up a couple of flights of stairs? Try this out and see your steps and your fitness levels climb up. 

#3 - Catch-up with a walk.

How often do you hit up a coffee shop or restaurant to catch up with friends or family and sit for hours talking? Why not add a walk into the mix? There are always great places you can go for a walk, if you have a dog it is the perfect excuse or you can hit a coffee shop before and grab your latte to go. Maybe even make a lunch spot your stopping point. Catching up in the fresh air is a brilliant way to add up your steps and you will feel great after as well. 

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