Since getting a FitBit Flex for Christmas, I’ve been obsessed with hitting my daily step count. Some days it’s easier than others when I’m busy at work, or I put in a gym session, those steps really do rack up. But on quieter days, especially weekends with no plans, it’s not always as easy as just taking a jaunt to the shops to hit my daily step count goal. When you take part in a few step count challenges like I do too, you want to get in every extra step you can to try and take (and keep!) first place. Here’s 10 easy steps to boosting your daily step count.
1. Go the long way round
To the photocopier, the toilet, the tea room, if there’s a slightly longer route, take it. If you go the shop for some milk, do a lap of the store (try not to buy any sneaky extras!) and go the long way round to the fridge.
2. Keep your distance
From getting off the bus a stop earlier to parking your car a little further away. We’ve heard this one time and time again but those extra steps are quick and easy to achieve.
3. Lunch hour boost
Weather permitting, if it’s not too wet and windy outside, I’ll go for a quick walk around the block on my lunch. My route takes about 15 - 20 minutes and racks up a whopping 2000 - 3000 steps! Getting a quick break from the office really helps clear my head and gives me more energy for the afternoon ahead.
4. Break boosters
Chilling on the couch watch the soaps? During the ad breaks get up and move. Walk or jog on the spot for the length of the ad break, take the stairs a few times or just find a few odd bits around the house to do. Whatever gets you off the house and keeps that step count climbing.
5. Tv catch-up
If you’re feeling really energetic, walk/jog on the spot for the entire length of the show or film you’re watching. I can clock 2000+ steps whilst watching just 1 hour of tv. When you need to catch up in a step count competition this is a great way to do it!
6. Kitchen march
Whilst you’re filling the bowl to wash the dishes, waiting for the kettle to boil, the toast to pop, the pasta to cook - walk/jog on the spot. It might not be for long but all these little step boosts count!
7. Bathroom march
Same goes for waiting for the shower to warm up, the bath to fill or you’re brushing your teeth, keep moving! Again, it might only be for a few minutes but it’s surprising how many steps you can rack up without even breaking a sweat!
8. Walk the dog - even the invisible one
Even if you just go around your block after tea, or whilst your other half is cooking, take the dog, even if you don’t have one, for a walk. I’ve actually had people tell me the couldn’t do this because they don’t have a dog. What? Walk yourself! Walk your thoughts, pop on your favourite album or most recent Podcast download. Your walk doesn’t have to be far, or for long, but you’ll be amazed how many steps it will add to your count.
If you’re having an intense blog post writing session or an afternoon playing catch up with your favourite YouTubers, for every 40 minutes you work/watch/play, get up and jog/walk on the spot for 20. You can change the ratio however you like, but this guarantees you’ll be moving your ass at least once an hour!
What jobs/tasks do you do sitting down that you could do standing up? Answering tweets/emails on your phone? reading (walking on the spot whilst reading is actually pretty easy)? Uploading a selfie to Instagram? Give it a go, just some light walking on the spot, whilst you do your thing, see how many steps it gets you!
So far all of the above have really helped me to smash 10k steps a day and win the work week hustle three weeks in a row now! Could you do with getting a few extra steps a day? How do you boost your step count?
Until next time,