Take Steps (10,000!) To Better Health
Posted by Nancy on September 10, 2013
If you want to improve your overall health and well-being try to log in at least 10,000 steps each day. That sounds like a big number to many of us and perhaps a bit unrealistic to achieve. Like so many other things though, if we bite it off in smaller pieces it is easier to get the job done. It is not necessary to grab a gym bag and head to the workout facility where you have to be chained to the tread mill until you have accomplished your goal. Taking a short walk in the morning is a good way to get started and then consciously make choices during the remainder of the day that will propel you to get in the steps needed. If you have stairs in your house, do not be afraid to use them often because stair climbing is a great way to tone leg muscles, burn calories and get in more steps. For each flight of stairs you climb and descend you have added another 38 steps to your total. A weakness for many of us is television viewing. It is so easy to just plop down in a chair and not budge. That is exactly the wrong thing for us do to however. It has been suggested that if we get up during the commercial breaks (we all know that there is an abundance of those) and move around or simply walk in place we can add another 2,000 plus steps. That is one-fifth of the recommended total! Many of us find that we spend a significant amount of time on the phone each day. That can also be physically wasted time if we allow it to be. Or we could walk while we are talking and kill two birds with one stone as the saying goes. There is another saying that rings true and that is that a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest, stays at rest. Think again about sitting in that cozy chair watching television or reading for hours and you’ll likely agree with that sentiment. We just have to keep moving. Like any thing else it will become a habit if we stay with it. The purchase of a pedometer is a very wise and inexpensive investment. Simply clip it on an article of clothing you are wearing and forget about it until nighttime when you will be able to check it and gauge how successful you were throughout the day in your walking goal. If you fell short, no harm done, simply decide to add more steps the next day until you are persistently getting in those valuable 10,000 steps each day.