Steps that is. HFG editor and dietitian, Brooke Delfino, shares simple tips to get moving.
Did you know the average office worker takes just 3000 steps a day? That’s a far cry from the recommended 10,000 daily steps we should be aiming for. I like to think of myself as fairly fit and active person, but after recently wearing an activity tracker, I was appalled to find out I’m faring only slightly better than average.
All that sitting is no good for our health. Our bodies are built to stand upright. Our heart, lungs and digestive system all work more effectively that way. Too much sitting, or lying down, increases the chance of being overweight, developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease, and experiencing depression and anxiety. Most of us can attest to the fact we feel better when we get up and move. So, we all need to pull up our socks (or lace up our joggers) and get moving.
In case you missed it, September marks the month of the fundraising campaign, Steptember, an annual event challenging us to move 10,000 steps a day to raise vital funds for cerebral palsy.
Getting fit for a good cause sounds pretty good to me! Here are my top tips to hit your daily step count.
Use the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.
Park in the furthest spot from the entrance to the shops. (While it will take a little longer to walk to your car, you’ll save time circling the parking lot looking for a spot).
Step outside for a 10-minute walk around the block during your lunch break.
Catch up with a friend over a walk rather than a sit-down coffee at café.
Set a reminder on your phone to get up from your desk every hour.
Stand up to take calls at work.
Get off the bus (or train) one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
Walk the kids to school or the bus stop.
Stand up and march on the spot during TV ad breaks.
Look for the longest route, whether it be to the printer at work, at the supermarket or even home going from room to room.
Need more motivation to move? Find out the best ways to get fit, and build muscle, at any age in the October issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine – on sale now.
Source: Steptember, 2019; Better Health Channel, 2018.