This post is for those of you who don’t like to exercise, but want to get in some movement without doing any work throughout the day. The power of walking is endless. If you live in a walking city like NYC, Chicago, San Francisco or D.C., then you are set and don’t have to worry about how to get your 10,000 steps in per day. However, if you’re like me and live in a city that never walks (Atlanta) and it is hard to get your steps in, then this post is made for you.
1. Park in the furthest spot in the parking lot no matter where you go.
2. Walk briskly throughout the day no matter where you are going.
3. Walk to the furthest bathroom or to your friend’s office that is on the opposite side.
4. Take the stairs always- the elevator is your enemy.
5. Walk while you talk on the phone at home- even if it’s in circles in your living room.
6. Walk during your lunch hour- besides, who actually eats during their lunch hour?
7. Walk in place while watching T.V. instead of being a couch potato.
8. Go to the mall or your favorite outdoor area and walk quickly from store to store.
Lastly, a great way to get your walk in (and the best way in my opinion) especially when the weather is nice is to go on a one hour walk after dinner with someone or even by yourself. A one hour walk would be about 2-3 miles depending on how quickly you walk. Make it fun! Listen to music, go with a buddy or even by yourself and talk on the phone or gather your thoughts. You’ll be surprised what a big difference it makes for someone who doesn’t workout- you are unknowingly exercising and burning off about 100-200 calories.
Did you also know that walking briskly is considered moderate to high impact exercise which is actually the best way to increase your good cholesterol? Incorporating as much walking as you can with the tips above will definitely lead to weight loss and health benefits. I try to walk as much as I can no matter where I am even if I have worked out and especially in the beginning when I was trying to lose weight- it did wonders. Try it out and let me know if it made a difference!
P.S. You don’t need to count your steps…just walk! However, if you are one that must know, then here are some great pedometers for under $75: