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Take Steps (10,000!) To Better Health

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People say that if you want to improve your over-all health you have to make at least 10,000 steps every day. The number seems overwhelming and looks difficult to achieve. But if you divide this number into smaller portions it will be easier for you to achieve the number of steps required. You don’t need to grab your gym bag and head to the exercise center so you can keep running on the treadmill to make 10,000 steps.

Taking short walks every morning is a great way to start your day. Then during the rest of the day you can make short walks here and there and just keep a record of how many steps you already made. If you have stairs at home, use them often because climbing stairs is great for toning your leg muscles. It burns more calories the more you use the steps. Every flight of stairs you climb and descend adds 38 steps to your daily total.

Most of us have the same weakness and that is watching TV. It’s very easy to just sit down and watch TV all day. You can stand up during commercial breaks and walk around or walk in place. Commercial breaks could take as long as 10 minutes so by that time you may have made a significant number of steps. You can easily make 2,000 steps during one commercial break. You can get up from the sofa and walk to the ref to get snacks or a beverage and those steps will already count. Even while you are on the phone, you can do exercises at the same time. You can do some walking while you are talking, that way you are doing two things at the same time.

Purchasing a pedometer may be one of the wisest and cheapest investments you’ll make. You just have to attach the gadget to any part of your clothing and don’t think about it until it is time to go to bed. By then you can check on how many steps you have made for the day. This gadget is your best gauge to know if you reach your daily health goals. If you fall short for the day, you don’t need to worry or feel bad about it. Just keep adding a few more steps every day until you reach your goal of 10,000 steps every day.