Have you heard about taking 10,000 steps per day? Make your steps count.
Have you hit the 10,000 step mark? Great! Well done. You've probably exercised for at least 30 minutes today, working towards the Surgeon General's goal of exercising 150 minutes per week, outside of your daily activities.
Are you consistently taking 10,000 steps? Even better. Now let's see how we can make quality of your step count.
If you're currently gaining your steps through short intervals, mix it up. Try to take steps in a longer bouts of time. Perhaps walk to a new restaurant a little further away for lunch. Park further away from your destination so you have more time to make your steps count. Hop off the subway a stop or two early to walk for a longer period of time to your destination.
Or take your steps at a greater intensity. Pick up the pace. Power walk. Jog up the stairs instead of walk. Jog instead of walk. Run instead of walk. Alternate walking for 3 minutes and running for 3 minutes, or whatever interval feels good for you.
If you're feeling ambitious, you can even try to do both. However it's important to note a few things:
- If you're not consistently taking 10,000 steps now, slowly work up to it. If you're taking 3,000 steps, push yourself to 3,5000 and so on.
- You can use something like a fitbit, pedometer, or app on your phone to count your steps.
- Make sure you have comfy, supportive sneakers!
- Check in with your doctor if you experience any aches or pains