Pace yourself with these steps

ONE STEP AT A TIME: Wear a pedometer and try to walk more.


    Sep 24, 2013

    Pace yourself with these steps

    HERE are some tips from Ms Smith on how to increase your daily number of steps:

    Walk instead of drive

    While running errands, cross things to do off your list by walking to the places instead of driving.

    Use a pedometer to count your steps

    Wear it all day and try to take at least 2,000 more steps a day than you normally do, and gradually increase the number of steps over time.

    Combine short bursts of exercise to create one long workout

    Aim to get three 10-minute or two 15-minute walks, or a 30-minute walk, each day.

    Make it social

    Find a workout partner or a group of friends who can help keep you on track and motivate you to get out the door.

    Hunt for the farthest parking space

    Park your car a little farther from your office or wherever you want to go. It may not seem like much but, over weeks and months, these minutes of exercise add up.

    Take the stairs

    Walking up stairs burns more calories per minute than most other forms of physical activity.

    Trade screen time for active time

    Turn off the TV set, PC and smartphone, and take a walk.

    Put exercise on your calendar

    Plan a specific time in your schedule to exercise and put it in your planner.

    Take lunch on the move

    Don't spend your entire lunch time sitting down. Recruit some colleagues and take a 10-minute or 20-minute walk.