For such a simple task, walking reaps a ton of rewards. 30 minutes of daily walking benefits cardiovascular fitness, boosts endurance, strengthens bones, + reduces the risk of chronic health conditions. Plus, walking outdoors is a great excuse for a little *me-time* to clear your head // relax. However, If you find yourself not having the time to set aside, no worries! Amping up your number of steps for the day can be done during normal day-to-day activities, without breaking a sweat —
1] Pace while you talk on the phone
2] Always take the stairs
3] Get off the bus one stop early
4] Park at the furthest spot in the parking lot
5] Instead of shopping online, head to the nearest mall
6] Turn all dates into anything walkable [museums, zoos, after-dinner strolls, parks!]
7] Ditch the drive thru — go inside!
8] Walk around the house while you’re brushing your teeth
9] Channel your competitive nature by challenging a friend to a step challenge
10] Set your alarm to get up + moving every few hours
11] Dance your heart away for no good reason — because why not? ; )
12] Carry one grocery bag inside at a time
13] Walk around the living room during commercials
14] Walk your dog instead of letting them run outside alone [++ your pup will be happy with this move, too : )]
15] Do chores around the house
16] Buy an audiobook instead of a physical copy — walk outside, relax, ++ listen!
17] Whenever you find yourself sitting down waiting for anything [like dinner reservations or doctors appointments], walk around the building to keep yourself occupied
18] Reward yourself from studying by getting a breath of fresh air ++ walking outside
19] For every hour spent on the computer, walk for 10 minutes
20] Find a scenic spot in your area + explore
21] Instead of taking the quickest route to wherever you’re heading to, take the long way instead!
22] Count your steps with a fitness tracker to keep you motivated
23] Plant a garden + water it daily
24] Don’t call//text your neighbor, coworker, or friend nearby — walk to them!
Adding steps to your day doesn’t have to be a complicated process — it can be as simple as tweaking the activities of your everyday life to make the most out of your miles. Incorporate a few of these ideas to your day, everyday, ++ you’ll be reaching your step goals in no time! < 3
+ Becca [@becc_inchaarg] // [UMD CHAARG]