Lately, I have been trying to up my step count on my fitbit and I have found there are many easy ways to increase steps. Not only does this increase the amount of calories you will burn throughout the day, but also it will make you more active and energetic. At work, we have Virgin Pulse. It allows you to record the steps you take and daily activities like what workouts you do during the day and how many glasses of water you drink. It is associated with our health benefits, so we can earn extra cash throughout the year. I have been trying to walk more to earn more cash and benefit my health.
We sit more than we think. We sleep around eight hours a day, sit while commuting to and from work and then sit for another eight to nine hours working. Not only can this increase body weight, but also it takes a serious toll on our joints. You can develop hip, knee and neck pain from the way you sit. The static pressure on tissues for long periods puts weight on your lower back, stressing the joints and muscles. Similarly, it can cause obesity. Sitting without contracting your muscles for long periods can slow the metabolism and cause weight gain, while also increasing the risk of many diseases associated with obesity, like diabetes, heart disease and more.
How to increase your steps throughout the day:
Drink more water:
Not only is drinking more water good for your health, but you can increase your steps by the frequent walks to the fridge or water fountain, as well as the restroom.
Walk on your lunch break:
During my lunch break, I always go for a walk or run outside or on the treadmill. This is a great way to get a workout in, as well as increase steps.
Take the stairs:
Take the stairs at home, work or the mall.
Park far way:
Park at the other side of the parking lot to increase steps
Create a walk at work:
During the warmer months, many people at work create a group to walk for 20-30 minutes in the middle of the day. It is a great way to make more connections, while increasing steps.
Take a walking break:
Throughout the day, take 5-10 minutes to get up and walk. It can help increase brain flow and gives you a break during the busy workday.
Get a dog or cat:
Playing outside with your furry friend can help increase your steps
Take the long way:
Go to the farther bathroom or go the long way to your office
Use a stand up desk:
Stand up desks can help lower your risk of obesity, heart disease and more.
Set reminders on your phone:
You can set reminders for every 2 hours to make sure you walk for five minutes.