13 Tips to Help You Hit Your Daily Step Goal

13 Tips to Help You Hit Your Daily Step Goal
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Walking is one of the easiest and best things you can do for your health. But many of us spend the majority of our time sitting down. From the car, to the office, to the couch… It’s never-ending! Good news: I’m Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien, and I've got tons of tips to help you get walking.

Get a Pedometer or Fitness Tracker

I’m obsessed with my Fitbit! This little device has totally changed my daily life.

With a step counter, you're able to hold yourself accountable and have a tangible goal at your fingertips. The common recommendation of 10,000 daily steps may seem like a lot, but when you track your steps, hitting that target is like a fun game. Challenge your friends to see who can walk the most... A little friendly competition can be very motivating!

Park Further Away From Your Destination

Redefine a “good” parking spot. Don’t go for the spot by the front entrance. Park all the way in the back of the lot, and rack up those steps walking to the building. Hey, it’s less frustrating than circling the lot looking for the “perfect” spot up front!

Take the Stairs Instead of the Elevator

Do this a couple times a day, and you'll get in some serious steps! This is especially true if you live and/or work in a high-rise building. Start taking those stairs today, and you'll develop a daily habit with great benefits.

Taking the stairs is a fantastic way to get in some aerobic exercise without having to go the gym. Step your way to a stronger body!

Don't Use the Closest Bathroom

Make yourself walk a bit more to get where you need to go! If you work in a multi-story building, use a bathroom on a different floor. Live in a multi-story house?

Use the bathroom that’s farthest away from where you are at the time.

Go Visit Your Coworkers

I'm not saying you should slack off and socialize, but don’t tie yourself to your desk! Instead of emailing or calling your coworkers, get up and talk to them in person. For more healthy workplace tips, check out my tips on outsmarting workplace diet sabotage.

Take Your Phone Calls and Meetings on a Walk

When you pick up your phone, put your feet on the floor! Never take a call on the couch when at home. Throw on some sneakers, and circle the block (or your living room)! And at work, weather permitting, suggest taking your meeting outside for a stroll. Sunlight helps energize you, so you'll be more than ready to tackle the meeting's agenda.

Go for a Walk on Your Lunch Hour

It doesn't take a full hour to eat your lunch. So after you eat, hit the street (or the hallway). Bonus: A study by the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity shows that a quick bout of physical activity during the day improves mood and decreases feelings of fatigue. It helps with wellbeing and performance, so give up the “I don't have time” mentality.

Housewalk!

This is my go-to exercise. Why? It’s so easy!

It’s just as simple as it sounds. Walk around the house anytime you'd normally be sitting, counting your steps on your fitness device as you go. I coined this term after I got my Fitbit and found it a useful way to get in those extra steps I needed to meet my daily goal. Find out more about housewalking!

Don’t Hit Fast Forward

In the world of DVRs and On Demand, we have the luxury of bypassing the commercials. But don’t push that button! Use those TV breaks as a way to get in your steps. When your show goes to commercial, get up off that couch, and walk! In the course of an hour television show, commercials take up an average of 15 minutes.

Use that time to your advantage.

Get a Dog

Besides for the fact that dogs are generally awesome, they help their owners get in their needed steps. (Thanks, Lolly!) There's evidence that dog owners tend to be healthier than people who don’t own dogs. There’s no way you can avoid walking when you see those pleading eyes. If owning a dog isn't an option, ask your neighbors or friends if you can take their dog for a walk. Or, look into volunteering at a local pet shelter. They're often looking for people to take their pooches out for a stroll.

Do Your Errands Offline

Thanks to food-delivery services and sites like Amazon, you can get almost anything you need delivered straight to your door. While it’s certainly convenient, it’s not great for our waistlines and overall health. Get up and go to the grocery store or the mall yourself! Resist delivery, and you'll move so much more throughout the course of the day.

Walk, Don’t Drive

It’s tempting to jump in the car whenever you need to go somewhere. But if your destination is within walking distance, consider hitting the pavement! Embrace this tactic on weekends, when you're less likely to be pressed for time. Bonus: It's a money saver! You'll use less gas and save on the cost of public transportation.

Listen to Music or Podcasts

If you're easily bored, pop some headphones on to keep yourself entertained. Listen to your favorite songs to add some pep to your step, or find a fascinating podcast to get absorbed in. You’ll be surprised how quickly time passes and your steps add up!

Here are more simple steps you can take for a healthier day, and here are some tips to jump-start your weight loss. Now get moving!

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