Step it Up! Walk Your Way to 10K

Walk-graphicWhat is so magical about the number 10,000? Well, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) taking 10,000 steps per day can significantly decrease the risk of heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in America.

Most people nowadays do not reach 10,000 steps per day unless a real effort is put forth. With so many of us sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day, we don’t move much during the day.

But fear not! There are so many simple steps you can take to up that step count.

  1. Get outdoors after dinner. Summer is already here, so take advantage of the long evenings. Taking your family on a walk for 30 minutes after dinner will do everyBODY some good.
  2. Make excuses to walk at work. Instead of sending inter-office emails, find a reason to walk to a co-workers desk and chat about what you are working. This seems a little silly but all of those steps add up.
  3. Park your car in the furthest spot. Practice this one every day, rain or shine. Whether it’s the grocery store, work, or you kids’ soccer game, you’ll be getting in those extra steps. And remember, you can either wait ten minutes in the Starbucks drive-thru or you can get another 200 steps in just by walking inside.
  4. Look for “extra credit” steps. For example, instead of sitting on the sidelines during your kids practice, use that time for some extra movement. Walk around the practice field, and encourage other parents to join you. I’m sure your child will not be embarrassed at all (yeah right!).

Here’s the point, come up with creative ways to get yourself moving. There are so many more benefits that come from exercise than losing weight. Adding more exercise to your daily routine is an exceptional way to improve your mental health as well. When your brain is stressed out, your body is stressed out. Common knowledge, I know, but that works both ways. When your body feels good, your brain feels good. Exercise and physical activity produce endorphins – the body’s natural pain killers, smile producers, and sleep aids. If you have ever had those days where the walls are falling in around you, take a walk.

All of these things together make for one happy, healthier you. We may have a need to look great on the outside, but looking great also means taking care of what is on the inside. So bust out your 10,000 steps! Which by the way ends up to be about 5 miles a day (don’t be scared, you can do it!)

 

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