Wednesday, 7 October 2015

5 Little Ways to Increase Your Step Count

As much as I love being active, finding the time to exercise now that I'm back at Uni is so hard. Having busy days in the city also means that I sometimes don't have time to eat a proper, reasonably healthy meal and a lot of the time I'm running on mars bars and lucozade.

 For most of 2015, I've been using a pedometer on my phone in the form of the 'My Fitness Pal' app (which I thoroughly recommend by the way). Since using it, I've become so much more aware of the steps I take each day. I aim to walk 10,000 steps (about 5 miles) a day, which I know seems daunting but is actually easier than it sounds! For my weight (which I will not disclose on the Internet), walking 10,000 steps burns approximately 400 calories. This means I could have an extra Mars bar and a half a day, 7.7 apples, or you know actually benefit from it and not stuff my face more than I usually would. Whatever floats your boat. So I thought I would share with you easy little ways to increase your step count in your day to day life.




1. Take The Stairs:

This seems so obvious and you're probably annoyed that you've wasted the past 30 seconds of your life reading up to here. However, I mean really take the stairs, regardless of whether that means one flight or ten flights. When there's an option between an escalator or stairs you head straight for those stairs, pick someone on the escalator opposite to race and hold you're head up high as you gracefully conquer every step and make everyone else feel bad about their life choices. (Side note: if you're tempted to take the lift, remember that you can't get stuck in stairs. Just a thought.)

2. Walk the Long Way Round (to the fridge):

As humans we always automatically head for the quickest route to get somewhere but ignoring that instinct can help you get a few more steps under your belt each day. This doesn't always mean finding a long winded route to a specific destination. In my house we come through the kitchen door and deliberately walk round the whole kitchen before heading for the fridge, it's guaranteed to get us another 7 steps at least!

3. Pace:

I'm a serial pacer. My Mum says that when I was younger and she had to dress me she would literally have to chase after me to get my clothes on because I couldn't stand still. I pace whilst I'm on the phone, whilst I'm having a snack or when I'm having a conversation with someone (much to my family's annoyance). You might look slightly deranged but you may as well get in some exercise when you're doing your day to day tasks!

4. Park in the Furthest Away Space:

I park at the train station every day for my commute in to Uni and, in the freak event that I'm not running late, I'll always try to pick the parking space that's furthest away from the platform. My Dad sometimes drives some of the way to work and walks the rest which is quite a good idea if you're going somewhere which is too far away to walk the whole way.

5. Walk Socially: 

I'm pretty sure if there were more hours in the day we'd all be a bit more active which is why I like to combine exercise with other things (I'm a sucker for a good bit of multitasking). If you've read my post about my favourite Summer memories you'll know that my best friend and I started going on walks to catch up instead of just lying (and eating) in one of our beds. We ended up loving it and it was so nice to be able to just walk and talk with no distractions. We'd always be excited to look at the pedometer when we got home to see how far we'd walked (laaaame).


I always end up feeling so accomplished once I've achieved my 10,000 steps for the day and I think my fitness level has definitely improved since I started this little challenge (i.e. I can climb a flight of stairs with out getting a stitch now). Even if you think 10,000 steps is too much for your lifestyle, you might want to start at a smaller goal and work your way up. It's amazing how much they add up by just being a little bit mindful about it! Do you use a pedometer and track your steps? Do you have any other tips to increase your step count? Thanks for reading!



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  1. I actually park really far and take the long route everywhere I go, just because I love walking haha! This is such a good post and I agree with all your points!
    Ramsha | Rose
    xxx

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    1. It's such an easy way to be a bit more active!! I love walking too, it's one of my favourite things to do. Thanks so much xxx

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