“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ~ Aldous Huxley
Add steps to your day
It is recommended that adults get 10,000 steps per day. Let me provide you with some perspective…the average adult only gets about 2000 steps per day, which is equivalent to roughly one mile.
No, I don’t expect you to count every step. The simplest way to monitor your steps is with a pedometer. Does your company have a wellness program? If so, they may offer pedometers at no cost. If not, check with your doctor’s office or your local drug store.
If you belong to a gym strive for five miles on the treadmill and skip the pedometer.
Walking provides several benefits…
- Improved sense of wellbeing and a better mood
- Improves your coordination, minimizing accidents due to loss of balance
- Supports weight loss and maintenance
- Improves the strength of your bones
- Reduces your risk of heart disease
- Improves your blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Reduces your risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Whether you are taking your first steps or you are currently active, adding more steps and activity will improve your health and wellness.
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
For those of you whom have been inactive, take it one step at a time. Start by adding a few minutes of activity each day. As you start to feel comfortable and stronger add more minutes and steps until you get to the 10,000 steps per day.
Already active? Take your steps to the next level. Add intervals of speed walking 30 seconds to a minute at a time. In between each speed interval walk at your regular pace for one to two minutes, then speed it up again. Add a few intervals each day.
By taking your walking routine to the next level with intervals you will burn more calories and improve your endurance.
Wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Stay hydrated. Listen to your body. Take time to cool down and stretch.
Are you committed? Let me know. Comment below or leave a message for me on Facebook or twitter.
Until tomorrow… Kathi