In an Australian Health Survey, it was reported that less than 1 in 5 adults walk the recommended 10000 steps a day. With so many people using pedometers or smartwatches today, I was surprised by this number, as there are so many ways to walk 10000 steps every day.
Yes, I know, we all know the benefits of walking daily and how it is good for our body and mind. Yet, walking 10000 steps daily is not easy for everyone to do.
As I shift worker on my feet for many hours of the day, I sometimes find it easy to walk 10000 steps.
The benefits and ways to walk 10000 steps
Benefits of walking 10000 steps a day.
- releases stress
- clears the mind
- increases energy
- healthier mind and body
- weight management
- social engagement
- improves the mood
- enjoyment of nature
- it is not expensive
7 Simple ways to walk 10000 steps daily.
1. Start where you are at.
Many people today have a step counter on their mobile phones or on their wrist as an
By tracking your daily current steps, you can then put in a plan to work your way up to walking 10000 steps. If your current steps are 3000 a day, walking 10000 a day may be a big jump and something you are unable to stay consistent with. Starting with 3000 and building in daily habits could see you walking 10000 steps a day within a week or two.
However, if you are already walking close to 10000 steps a day just adding a few daily activities may just bring you over the 10000 step
2. Wake up early.
One of my favourite ways to get a brisk walk in is to wake up early and walk before work. Naturally, at times I would prefer to stay in bed, however when I get back from 30 minutes to
Walking first thing in the morning is refreshing and leaves you no excuse to not do it later. It also leaves you time to plan out your day, knowing you have ticked the box of investing in your health.
Health is another early morning walking benefits include. mind and body.
3. Make it social.
Tell your friends and family you are walking. See if anyone wants to walk with you. When you walk with friends you are more accountable to yourself and your friends.
Social walking benefits both physical and mental health. It is a great way to meet people with similar interests and share your highs and lows. Walking with friends boosts morale and increases the walking pace. Cheering each other on, every step of the way.
In the area where you live are there walking events or even walking groups to take part in?
Where I am, there are many organised coastal walks. One of my favourites is the 5 lands walk, a 10km walk along the coast with cultural stops.
Here are some other beautiful organized walks to schedule in when you visit Sydney and neighbouring areas.
4. Walk up and down stairs.
There are a few ways to increase your steps by walking up and down stairs. All are quite easy to fit into a daily routine.
- Take the stairs instead of the lift. Start first with one or two floors and slowly increase the number of floors you walk up as your energy and endurance improves.
- If you have stairs in your home go up and down them more often. Use a technique like that in productivity, where you do a task for 25 minutes than have a 5 minute break. During this 5 minute break walk up and down the stairs. If you have only one step. Use the step as a stepper and step up and down.
- When out for a walk, when you come to some stairs walk up and down a few times before continuing with your walk. This is a great way to include high intensity interval training (HIIT) into your walk.
5. Walk in your lunch break.
I don’t know if you can walk in your lunch break. I know that my lunch as a support worker is on shift supporting my client, therefore I can’t walk in my lunch break. When I worked in an office and had a lunch break, I used to walk in my lunch break for about 15-20 minutes. Every short walk counts.
6. Do interval walking.
Naturally you don’t need to walk 10,000 steps in one go. Walking multiple 10 minute brisk walks throughout the day will also help with increasing your steps and improving your health.
Another way to walk in intervals would be similar to the system mentioned above in walking up and down stairs. Set yourself a timed task and when you have finished the timed task you are doing. Take a
Ok, not no time. If you walk at 100 steps a minute it will take 100 minutes to walk 10000 steps. Split over the day, this is doable.
If you are out on your way to or from a location, park further away and walk 10 minutes to where you are going and
7. Have an accountability partner.
The benefits of walking 10000 steps a daily is so much easier when you have an accountability partner.
An accountability partner is not someone who needs to walk with you. It is great if they can and do sometimes. However, that is not a must. An accountability partner is a trusted friend who helps you stay accountable to the goal you have set yourself. You can stay accountable by letting them know how many steps you have walked that day, or send them weekly updates.
Discuss with your accountability partner first how often and in which way, text, phone, message, you would like to share the tracking of your goals.
A good accountability partner reminds you to discuss your progress and brainstorms solutions with you on how to get in those extra steps.
Angie blogs about goals, productivity, blogging as well as living abroad. She started blogging while learning the skills to start an online business
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Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2013 – Australian Health Survey: Physical Activity, 2011-12. ABS Catalogue number 4364.0.55.004.